IJM

Notes for Authors

Please see the Aims and scope page for information about the types of contributions of interest to the journal. If in doubt concerning the suitability of a particular manuscript, please contact the editor for further advice.

Editorial policy

It is the policy of the journal to accept for consideration only original items written in English that have not previously been published and are not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. Prior release of material online or in a working paper series is not classed as publication unless subject to an independent peer review or refereeing process.

All submitted technical papers and case studies will be subject to peer review by two independent referees appointed by the editor. Other items will be accepted for publication subject to review by at least two members of the editorial board.

The International Journal of Microsimulation is made available to all without subscription. To support this publishing model, once an author has a paper accepted by the journal s/he is required to (i) ensure that their paper is formatted precisely as laid out in the journal's style guide; (ii) agree to peer review two papers by other authors submitted for consideration by the journal. The journal editors are responsible for ensuring that all submitted items are peer reviewed and published in a timely manner whilst maintaining the high standards expected of an academic journal.

Where appropriate, authors are invited to take advantage of the online nature of the journal by supplementing their written submissions with additional relevant material, such as listings of excerpts from executable code; downloadable working executables; extended results tables etc..

For questions, please contact the Editor Matteo Richiardi at matteo.richiardi@maths.ox.ac.uk

How to submit

Authors should submit an electronic copy of their paper to the journal editor online via epress.

Style guide

Submitted manuscripts should conform to the following style and layout sufficiently to enable the editor to confirm that maximum page length requirements are not exceeded. Subject to this caveat, submitted papers that do not fully conform to the specified style and layout will be refereed. If accepted, however, they will be returned to the author(s) for full formatting prior to publication, in accordance with editorial policy. 

MS Word template and a LaTeX template are available for download.

Maximum Paper Length:

For a technical paper: 35 pages; for a case-study: 5 pages; for a book review: 2 pages; for other types of review: 5 pages. When considering page length, include all text and diagrams, with the exception of any reference list.

Page size:

A4 or Letter.

Page margins:

Minimum margin of 2cm on all sides.

Paper title:

Commence on top line of first page; font Garamond 13 point bold; first letter of each word uppercase; follow by a blank line (12 point) (or equivalent spacing).

First author:

Initials followed by surname, with preferred forename in full (e.g. F Scott FitzGerald; William E Gladstone); font Garamond 12 point bold.

Contact details:

Full postal address and email of author should be placed on line immediately author name; font Garamond 12 point plain; line spacing 1.

Subsequent author(s):

Repeat style and format used for first author, starting on line immediately following contact details of preceding author.

Abstract:

Separate from author details by one blank line. Commence first sentence with word 'ABSTRACT' followed by colon; font Garamond upper case, 12 point bold. Continue with a maximum of 250 words clearly summarising paper, giving aims, methods and outcomes; normal capitalisation, font Garamond 12 point plain. Follow by one blank line (or equivalent spacing).

Keywords:

Separate from the Abstract by one blank line (or equivalent spacing). Commence sentence with word 'KEYWORDS' followed by colon; upper case, 12 point bold. Continue with a maximum of four keywords, separated by commas.

JEL Classification:

Separate from Keywords by one blank line (or equivalent spacing). Commence sentence with words 'JEL classification' followed by colon; 'JEL' in upper case, 'classification' in lower case. Then provide the relevant JEL codes.

1st order heading:

Numbered (e.g. '1', '2', etc., note there is no dot after the number); font Garamond 12 point bold; all letters upper case; one blank line (or equivalent spacing) above and below heading.

2nd order heading:

Numbered (e.g. '1.1', '1.2', etc., note there is no dot after the number); font Garamond 12 point bold; normal capitalisation; one blank line (or equivalent spacing) above heading; no blank line below heading.

3rd order heading:

Numbered (e.g. '1.1.1', '1.1.2', etc., note there is no dot after the number); font Garamond 12 point italics; normal capitalisation; one blank line (or equivalent spacing) above heading  if following text; no blank line above heading if following 2nd order heading; no blank line below 3rd order heading.

Text:

Font Garamond 12 point plain.

Justification:

Aligned to left and right-hand margins.

Paragraphs:

One blank line (or equivalent spacing) between paragraphs.

Line spacing:

1.5

Page numbers:

Right aligned in header; font Garamond 8 point plain.

Table titles:

Place on line immediately preceding table. Commence with word 'Table', followed by table number; font Verdana 8 point bold. Follow by table title; font Verdana 8 point plain. Precede table title with one blank line (or equivalent spacing).

Tables:

Font Trebuchet MS 8 point; must fit within specified page margins; if extra width required, present landscape; follow by one blank line (or equivalent spacing).

Table captions:

Font Trebuchet MS 7 points plane, below table; no blank lines between table and table caption; footnotes to table also included in table caption; follow by one blank line (or equivalent spacing).

Figure titles:

Place on line immediately preceding figure. Commence with word 'Figure', followed by figure number; font Verdana 8 point bold. Follow by figure title; font Verdana 8 point plain. Precede figure title by one blank line (or equivalent spacing).

Figures:

Must fit within specified page margins; if extra width required, present landscape; precede by one blank line (or equivalent spacing); can be in colour, but consideration should be made of how figure would look if printed out in black-and-white (greyscale); follow by one blank line (or equivalent spacing).

Figure captions:

Place on line immediately following figure; font Trebuchet MS 7 points plain. Use figure captions for all graphic images (graphs; maps; photographs; screen-shots etc.); follow by one blank line (or equivalent spacing).

Equations:

Left-aligned; any equations referred to in text must be numbered, with number appearing in parenthesis (brackets) on right-hand margin.

Abbreviations:

The standard styles for abbreviations should be used, using stops where appropriate to indicate abbreviation; italicise abbreviations with a non-English root (e.g. et al.).

Media:

Email; floppy disk; CD; DVD.

Electronic format:

MS Word; Rich Text Format (RTF); LATEX (RTF preferred).

Footnotes:

Use of footnotes should be avoided wherever possible; any footnotes should appear in a list following main text of article; font Garamond 11 points plain, line spacing 1, follow by one blank line (or equivalent spacing).

Appendices:

Numbered and prececed by an "A" (e.g. 'A1', 'A2', etc., note there is no dot after the number). Format title and text formatted as standard sections (see above); continue page numbering; place at the end of the paper, after the References.

Use of appendices within the paper itself should be avoided wherever possible; arrangements can be made instead to provide readers with online access to appropriate supporting material (e.g. code).

Reference styles:

Please ensure that all references conform to the style indicated below.

(a) Journal article

Orcutt G (1957) 'A new type of socio-economic system', Review of Economics and Statistics, 39(2), 116-123.

Birkin M and Clarke M (1988) 'SYNTHESIS - a synthetic spatial information system for urban and regional analysis: methods and examples', Environment and Planning A, 20, 1645-1671.

Brown L and Harding A (2002) Social modelling and public policy: application of microsimulation modelling in Australia, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 5(4).
<http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/5/4/6.html>

Bourguignon F, Fournier M and Gurgand M (2001) 'Fast development with a stable income', Review of Income and Wealth, 47(2), 139-163

Caldwell S, Greene W, Mount T et al. (1979) 'Forecasting regional energy demand with linked macro/micro models', Papers of the Regional Science Association, 43, 99-113.

(b) Book

Orcutt G H, Caldwell S and Wertheimer II R (1976) Policy exploration through microanalytic simulation, Washington D.C.: The Urban Institute.

Orcutt G H, Greenberger M, Korbel J et al. (1961) Microanalysis of socioeconomic systems: a simulation study, New York: Harper & Row

(c) Edited book

Orcutt G, Merz J and Quinke H (1986) Microanalytic simulation models to support social and financial policy, Amsterdam: North-Holland, Elsevier.

(d) Book chapter

Arrow K J (1980) 'Microdata simulation: current status, problems, prospects', in Haveman R H and K Hollenbeck (Eds.), Microeconomic simulation models for public policy analysis, New York: Academic Press, 253-265.

(e) Working paper

Merz J (1994) 'Microdata adjustment by the minimum information loss principle', Discussion paper 10, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Luneburg.

Davies J B (2004) 'Microsimulation, CGE and macro modelling for transition and developing economies', Discussion Paper 2004/08, World Institute for Development Economics Research, United Nations University. (http://www.wider.unu.edu/publications/dps/dps2004/DP2004-008.pdf) [accessed 8 May 2005]

(f) Thesis

Kelly S (2004) 'Estimating the wealth of Australians: a new approach using microsimulation', Unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Canberra.

 

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