Style Guide

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. Additionally, all manuscripts should adhere to the style guidelines below. Issues in Political Economy follows the style guidelines set forth by the Chicago Manual of Style. For a complete guide to this style, please refer to:

Turabian, Kate L. 1996. A manual for writers of term papers, theses, and dissertations. 6d. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Below are some specifics:

  • SPACING: Single space the entire document (NO space between paragraphs, indent only)
  • TITLE: The title and byline should be placed at the top of the first page of the text. Please include your school affiliation.
  • HEADINGS: Do not begin with “introduction” as a section head. Subsequent section headings should be given Roman numerals (I. LITERATURE REVIEW, II. THEORY, etc.); subsections should be lettered A., B., etc.
  • REFERENCES: Follow the CHICAGO STYLE; this section should be labeled REFERENCES.
  • ENDNOTES: Must be single-spaced on a separate page from the text and placed at the end of the manuscript. Label this section ENDNOTES.
  • EQUATIONS: Mathematical equations should be typed on separate lines and numbered consecutively at the left margin, using Arabic numbers in parentheses (ex: (1), (2)). Variable names should be in CAPS and italicized (ex: Y=f(INCOME, AGE, or “The variable AGE is insignificantly different from zero.”)
  • SUBSCRIPTS: Subscripts and Superscripts must be easily distinguished from regular variables and from each other. Multiple subscripts or superscripts are separated with commas if there is no mathematical relationship. Use only two levels of sub- and superscripts.
  • TABLES: Tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers. Please maintain a 1-inch margin at sides, top, and bottom of each page. Do not use any shading. Do not send reduced photocopies of tables. Do not have any vertical column lines. Do not abbreviate in column headings. Spell out “percent”; do not use the percent sign. Place a zero in front of the decimal point in all decimal fractions (i.e., 0.357, not .357). Limit to 3 decimal places.
  • FIGURES: Figures should be large enough to be readable when the figure is reduced. Do not put borders around the outside of the Figure. Figure title should be placed below the figure.
  • APPENDICIES: Authors are encouraged to use an Appendix for technical proofs and/or data that can be separated from the main text. The Appendix should begin on a new page following the text, preceding the references. Designate multiple Appendices A, B, C, as necessary. Number equations, theorems, propositions, etc., within the Appendix as (A1), etc.
  • STYLE: Avoid overcapitalization and excessive underlining or italics for emphasis. Use quotation marks only for the first occurrence of terms with special meaning.

If you have any questions, please telephone issues for clarification: (540) 654-1483 or (336) 278-5943.