Author Guidelines

PLEASE NOTE: Currently, SPE does NOT use the content management software associated with this OJS system. Please do NOT register and try to submit your article online.

Submissions should be sent to us via EMAIL ( or regular mail (SPE, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive Ottawa ON K1S 5B6. See contact information in ABOUT). Email is preferred. You must submit one electronic copy of the article (MS Word, PDF etc). No print copies are required.

NEW: After an article is accepted for publication, SPE asks authors to provide a 75-word abstract and 5-6 keywords.

Some points to keep in mind when submitting a paper: In order to be published, your article must comply with SPE's style guide (see abbreviated version below), BUT SPE style is not required until AFTER a paper is accepted for publication. Guidelines concerning length (maximum 7,500 words for full-length articles) are to be respected. Manuscripts which exceed the prescribed length may be cut and publication may be delayed in consequence. Tables, graphs, figures and formulae should be included only when necessary to illustrate central points within the text. If your article does contain a figure, you may be asked to alter it in order for us to obtain the best results from the printing process.

If you received funding from any granting agency in order to complete your work, it is wise to include a brief word of thanks at the beginning of your endnote section. Acknowledgements should also be listed at the beginning of your notes.

Some points to keep in mind once your paper is accepted: When you send the final version of your paper to your editor, you should also include a sentence describing your current status and institutional affiliation (if any) to include in the Notes on Contributors. We require both a hard copy and an electronic (disk or e-mailed) version of your final manuscript. Because of file conversion problems, we do not accept disks in Macintosh format. If you have used a Macintosh computer to write your paper, please translate it yourself into a PC wordprocessing format. Please ensure that nothing has been lost (i.e. endnotes) in translation before sending the disk. Send the ORIGINAL source of figures, charts and graphs to us in separate files (not embedded in word processing document). Please note that scanning can reduce the qulaity of the image. Our printed page area is 3 1/2" by 6 3/4". If you send us larger figures or graphs, we will have to shrink them so use a font size that will be legible if shrunk. It is very important when making graphs and figures for publication, to use fills that contrast between each other - patterns are often more clearly read by the printer than are shadings. Do not include the title within the figure, chart or graph, rather indicate, in the text approximately where you would like the figure or graph to be placed and what its title should be. If you have created these tables, figures or graphs on a computer and can send it to us on disk that would be appreciated. Please send them as bitmap files or as spreadsheet files with charts attached. If you are sending them as bitmap files, please send each figure or graph as a separate file.

In the process of copyediting your paper, we may have to make changes that we would need to verify with you. In order to assist us, please include a current email address and a phone number where you may be reached.

You retain copyright on your piece. Should you wish to re- publish it in whole or in part in another work authored or co-authored by yourself, three months after the piece has appeared in SPE you are free to do so. We would request acknowledgement of the original publication in such cases. We retain the right to negotiate reprint fees in case of requests from third parties. The amount of the fee reflects the volume, scope and uses for which the reprint is requested and is split evenly between yourself and SPE. You should notify us in case of change of address so that we can contact you should we receive such a request. If you do not wish your piece to be reprinted, you should let us know as soon as possible.

Condensed Style Sheet: In order to maximize the clarity and consistency of SPE articles, all contributing authors are asked to follow the guidelines listed below in submitting the final revised version of their accepted papers. 1. Reference Style Use consecutively numbered endnotes rather than scientific citations, keep these to a minimum, and omit or incorporate into the text all substantive footnotes; When referring to works already cited, use the "short title" method rather than op.cit., loc.cit., etc. but you can use ibid. for consecutively repeated references. (Ex. Clement and Williams, New Canadian, p. 108.) Where several references are made to different pages of the same source, cite only the first page and the most important subsequent pages: Marx, Capital, 3: 33, 60-62, NOT Marx, Capital, 3: 33, 36, 39, 45, 46n, 49, 50, 52, 56, 58, 60-62, 65, 67, etc.; Avoid placing note numbers within sentences. 2. Reference Format For books: author, title (place: publisher, year of publication), and page number(s). e.g. W. Clement and G. Williams (eds.), The New Canadian Political Economy (Kingston: McGill-Queen's Univ. Press, 1989), pp. 108-112. For articles: author, "title," journal name volume/number (year), page number(s). e.g. P. A. Buckner, "`Limited Identities' and Canadian Historical Scholarship: An Atlantic Provinces Perspective," Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'études canadiennes 23/1&2 (1988), pp. 177-198. For government publications: country (if not part of the department or agency's title), department, title (place, year of publication), page number(s). e.g. Canada, Department of National Health and Welfare, Pensions in Canada (Ottawa, 1972), pp. 1-10. 3. Spelling Use the Canadian spellings set out in any current Canadian dictionary. 4. Abbreviations and Acronyms Use as few as possible and spell out in full when first used (with the short form in parentheses); Show acronyms without periods: NATO, CBC, etc.; Abbreviate only long names of countries, provinces or territories and show as acronyms: USSR, NWT, etc. 5. Quotations Include all but the longest quotations (over 50 words or 4 lines) in the text; Long quotations should be indented; Indented quotations should be enclosed by quotation marks only when dialogue is being repeated. Do not use three dots at the beginnings of quotations. 6. Lists For lists within paragraphs, employ a colon, semi-colons, and the conjunction 'and'; For lists set off from paragraphs, use Arabic numerals followed by a period for each item. 7. Other Stylistic Questions Please refer to The Chicago Manual of Style, 13th ed. (Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 1989).


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration nor posted on a website (or an explanation has been provided to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF file format. PDF files are acceptable for the review process, but we require a Word file for copy editing purposes.
  3. When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g., <>.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and references to all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. SPE is a peer-reviewed journal. Article reviews do not follow a Blind Review process. Reviewers are aware of the identity of authors and vice versa, unless reviewers request anonymity. 

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