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Land Economics Guidelines for Contributors

Revised 8/17/2017


Land Economics has a web-based manuscript submission system. Our system will ask you to register, and then you may submit your manuscript electronically. Once you are registered, future submissions will be simple and routine.


The link to our submission web site is:


The manuscript should be a maximum of 35 pages of text (10,000 words, more or less), excluding references, tables, figures, notes, and appendixes. We recommend limiting the combined number of figures and tables to seven. Appendix material (comprising any combination of text, tables, and figures) may be included as an online supplement.


The manuscript file should be in MS Word and organized as follows: title page, abstract of 100 words or less, text, references, tables, figure titles, and grouped footnotes. Any figures should be in separate files and should be black-and-white and of high resolution with a minimum dpi of 300; however, 600 dpi is preferable. Online appendix material will not be copyedited and so should be submitted in final form as one MS Word file, including all tables and figures. Color figures are welcome in supplemental material.


Land Economics is primarily interested in the policy implications of the work we publish, and therefore it is important that all papers have a strong empirical component. It is impossible to derive coherent policy conclusions from purely axiomatic models because such models lack connection to empirical reality. With that in mind, papers lacking empirical content are discouraged.


It is the policy of Land Economics to publish papers only on the condition that the data used in the analysis are (1) clearly and precisely documented, (2) readily available to any researcher for purposes of replication, and (3) sufficiently detailed in the specifics of computation to permit replication. Appearance of an article in Land Economics constitutes evidence that authors understand these conditions and will abide by the stated requirements.


Land Economics

Editorial Offices:

Editor, Daniel W. Bromley
Land Economics
University of Wisconsin
Taylor Hall, 427 Lorch St.
Madison WI 53706-1503 Telephone: 608 262-2480
Fax: 608 265-3885