Instructions to Contributors

Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts submitted to the Review of Radical Political Economics (including book reviews, regular manuscripts, conference papers, and all other submissions) must be submitted via RRPE’s Manuscript Central website,

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There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

Only manuscripts that meet the aims and scope of the Review of Radical Political Economics will be reviewed. The RRPE reserves the right to reject papers without review.

All papers submitted to the RRPE should not be under consideration for publication at another journal. All submitted papers must represent original work and will be run through SAGE’s originality-detection program, iThenticate. The RRPE may reject a paper if significant portions of it have already been published elsewhere. The RRPE will consider the pre-peer reviewed version of a paper that has been posted on a preprint server, and during the submission process, the author will be required to provide information about the preprint including DOI number if there is one. Authors of preprinted submissions should be aware that a preprint could possibly compromise the author’s anonymity in RRPE’s anonymized peer-review process. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal’s author archiving policy. If your paper is accepted, you should include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

All original manuscripts and book reviews submitted to RRPE undergo a rigorous single-anonymized peer-review process (reviewers known, authors unknown until a final decision has been made). Please be sure to remove all references to the authors in the document that will be sent out for review.

Aims and scope

Instructions to Contributors
All manuscripts submitted to the Review of Radical Political Economics must conform to the guidelines outlined here. Submissions not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Before final acceptance of a paper, it is an author’s responsibility to ensure that the paper conforms to the guidelines outlined here (accepted papers will be returned to authors for revision until they conform to these guidelines). The RRPE follows the Chicago Manual of Style—for questions not covered in these guidelines, please consult the CMS.

      1. Regular original manuscripts should be no longer than 10,000 words. Book reviews should be 1500–2000 words, and review essays should be 2500–3500 words. Preferred formats for text and tables are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout, with a minimum of 2.5cm or 1-inch margins on all sides. Text should be in 11- or 12-point font, Times New Roman or some other standard academic font. An abstract is required and should be a maximum of 125 words. At least two JEL Classification and at least three Keywords are required for manuscript submission. If desired, an RRPE Word template is available here.
      2. Papers submitted to the RRPE must be in English. RRPE reviewers consider not only the content of the paper but also its readability. If English-language writing is a problem, authors are strongly urged to seek the assistance of a professional English-language editor. The RRPE reserves the right not to review or accept papers that have English-language problems.
      3. The RRPE uses American spelling (not British). For example: acknowledgment is spelled with two, not three, “e”s; labor is spelled without a “u”; etc.
      4. Punctuation rules:
        • Descriptive clauses should be set off by em dashes—not double hyphens or en dashes (for example — double hyphens are incorrect). There should be no spaces before and after the em dash.
        • The RRPE uses the serial (or Oxford) comma (i.e., place a comma to separate the second-to-last item from the last item in a series, before “and” or “or”). Use a semicolon instead of a comma if items in the series include other punctuation.
        • Economic ratios should be written with a forward slash rather than as hyphenated expressions (for example, capital/labor ratio, debt/equity ratio).
        • Abbreviate US [UK] when used as adjective (no periods, not U.S.), but spell out United States [United Kingdom] when used as noun.
        • Use en dash to connect words or numbers that specify a range (for example, 2005–2010). Use hyphen to connect two words that function as a single concept, or work together as a joint modifier (for example, free- market ideology).
        • Periods and commas appear inside quotation marks. All other punctuation should appear outside quotation marks, unless the punctuation is part of the direct quote.
        • “Scare quotes” should be kept to a minimum and used only for emphasis. A term can be introduced in scare quotes but should appear thereafter without them.
      5. Every quotation needs to have the author’s own words appear in the same sentence to integrate the quote into the text—quotes should not stand alone as a sentence.
      6. Verb tenses: the RRPE practice is to use present tense (not future tense) when describing what the paper does or intends to do. Pay attention to verb tenses—they should be as consistent as possible throughout the paper.
      7. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the text, and should include only material that cannot be included in the text (the RRPE does not use footnotes solely for citations—see #10 below). The first line of the footnote is not indented.
      8. Block quotes are generally used for quotations longer than 4 lines or 70 words. A colon precedes a block quote:

        Block quotes are single-spaced, indented on left and right, and smaller font than the rest of the text. No quotation marks are used unless there is a quote within the quote. A period is placed at the end of the quote, and the citation is placed in parenthesis after the period. The citation is not followed by a period. (Marx 2010: 174)

      9. Figures (including graphs, diagrams, illustrations, etc.) should be numbered consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Tables should be numbered consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Use lower case when referring to numbered parts of an article (e.g., table 2.1, figure 3). Grayscale images should be at least 300 dpi. Color images should be 600 dpi, although 300 dpi is often acceptable. All images must be editable, and .tif or .eps files are preferred. Figures supplied in color will appear in color online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For specifically requested color reproduction in print, authors will receive information from SAGE regarding the costs after receipt of the accepted article. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, or figures previously published elsewhere.
      10. In-text citations and References list: the RRPE follows the Chicago Manual of Style Author-Date style for citations. Footnotes are used only for substantive comments (not for citations). The RRPE does not use endnotes. The RRPE does not use Latin terms for citations, such as ibid, op. cit., supra, etc. In-text citations do not use a comma between the author and year. Page numbers are required when citing a quote, although the RRPE does not use “p.” for page numbers—instead, a colon is used. When citing works with four or more authors, only the first author and et al. (not italicized) should be used. For Spanish-language citations, both surnames should be used. When a single surname must be used, the first one (that could be the father’s or the mother’s) is used, not the second. Examples:

        (McDonough, Reich, and Kotz 2010: 145)
        Brennan et al. (2017)
        (Cámara Izquierdo 2006) or (Cámara 2006)

        Citing and referencing online books and e-books: If possible, consult a print edition for fixed page numbers. If a print edition and fixed page numbers are not available (sometimes electronic sources do not include page numbers, or sometimes they repaginate according to user-defined text size), then for in-text citations, include the chapter number, section heading number, and paragraph number (if available). Example:
        Gálvez (2018: ch.3 §3.1 ¶6)

        In the References list, authors’ full first names (not initials) must be used. All author names should be written out no matter how many authors. Second, third, etc. entries by the same author(s) should be denoted by a triple em-dash rather than repeating the author’s name. Entries by the same author should be arranged chronologically from earliest to latest. Article and chapter titles should be in sentence case, not enclosed in quotation marks. Book and journal titles, and working paper and report titles, should be in title case and italicized (do not italicize the name of the organization that produced the working paper or report). “Accessed at:” URL should be provided at the end of the entry i) for all working papers and reports, or ii) when page numbers are unavailable. When listing online books and e-books in the References list, state the type of non-print format (e.g., Kindle edition, PDF e-book, etc.) as the last part of the entry, and include the “Accessed at:” URL (or, if available, DOI). English translation of non-English titles is encouraged. Examples:

        Brennan, David, David Kristjanson-Gural, Catherine P. Mulder, and Erik K. Olsen. 2017. Routledge Handbook of Marxian Economics. New York: Routledge.

        Cámara Izquierdo, Sergio. 2006. A value-oriented distinction between productive and unproductive labour. Capital & Class 30 (3): 37–63.

        Gálvez, Alyshia. 2018. Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico. Oakland: University of California Press. Kindle edition. Accessed at:

        Last, First M., and First M. Last. Date. Book Title. City: Publisher.

        Last, First. Date. Article title. Journal Title volume (issue): page–range.

        ———. Date. Chapter title. In Book Title, ed. First Last, trans. First Last, page–range. City: Publisher.

        McDonough, Terrence, Michael Reich, and David M. Kotz, eds. 2010. Contemporary Capitalism and Its Crises: Social Structure of Accumulfation Theory for the 21st Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

        Menon, Rajan. 2017. Twenty-first-century American populism (or putting your mouth where your money isn’t). Huffington Post November 28. Accessed at: american-populism_b_5a1dccd7e4b056995023205b

        Zeng, Yiwu, Dongmao Qiu, Yiting Sheng, Hongdong Guo. 2015. Research of the formation of Taobao Village: Case studies of Dongfeng Village and Junpu Village [曾亿武,邱东茂,沈逸婷,郭红东.淘宝村形成过程研究: 以东风村和军埔村为例.经济地理]. Economic Geography 35 (12): 90–97

      11. It is the policy of the Review of Radical Political Economics to require a declaration of conflicts of interest from all authors and to include the declaration in all published articles. When uploading your manuscript, you will be required to declare any potential or perceived conflicts of interest. More information about identifying conflicting interests can be found at SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record, and encourages authors to view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway:
      12. After acceptance of a paper but before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive license agreement that transfers and assigns to the Union for Radical Political Economics all right, title, and interest in copyright, in and to the accepted article.
      13. SAGE’s Online First allows completed articles to be published online prior to their inclusion in a print issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Articles published online have a DOI number and are considered published. For more information, please visit SAGE’s Online First Fact Sheet,

RRPE’s Data Sharing Policy
The Editorial Board of the RRPE is committed to ensuring the scientific integrity of the research that appears in the journal. We encourage maximum transparency in the reporting of empirical results. Authors commit to provide sufficiently detailed information about the data used and data sources, about how samples and variables were constructed, and about the empirical tests performed and the econometric models used, to enable other researchers to replicate the reported results and assess the accuracy of the paper’s conclusions.

Accordingly, when making use of data that are not publicly available, authors of accepted manuscripts should preserve the dataset and are strongly encouraged to make it accessible through a data repository such as the ICPSR, the Harvard Dataverse, or Figshare. A link to the dataset should be provided in a “Data Accessibility Statement” appended to the end of the paper. If authors do not provide such a link, they will make a declaration. If the data utilized are proprietary or are otherwise subject to sharing restrictions, we expect authors to be willing to provide other researchers with reasonable information on how the data might be obtained. This policy applies to quantitative data, not to qualitative data.

RRPE Author Appeal Policy
RRPE Author Appeal Policy statement is here

Any correspondence, queries, or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the RRPE editorial office:
Enid Arvidson, Ph.D.
Managing Editor, Review of Radical Political Economics

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