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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The submission file is in PDF format, DOC or RTF format or Pages format.
  • Any conflict of interest has been declared pursuant the Code of ethics reported in the menu About. The authors accept the Code of ethics and the submission conforms to it.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which are found in the menu About.

Author Guidelines

PSL Quarterly Review accepts submissions at any time of the year; there are no submission charges and no processing or publication charges.

A. General information 


Submissions will be considered under the assumption that they comprise original, unpublished material and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.  

Articles should be written in English, unless the journal editor expressly permits non-English submissions. Spelling and usage should be according to the conventions of either British or American English and should be consistent throughout.

PSL Quarterly Review aims at exploiting the potentiality of online publication. Thus, there are no requirements in terms of adherence to a standard structure for the text, and there are no minimum or maximum lengths. However, it is often the case that readability of a text constrains its size below roughly 8,000 words.

Manuscripts can be submitted in any format, provided they are easily readable on any device. The Review encourages the adoption of a format as close as possible to that used in the final proofs, detailed below.


B. Metadata and format

  • All submissions should be in PDF, Microsoft Word (DOC or RTF) or Pages format. If possible, submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file. Please consider that after acceptance the corresponding author will be asked to provide all tables, figures and graphical material in an editable format.
  • Articles should be provided with a 100-words abstract, up to four keywords, and up to three JEL codes.
  • Set the font colour to black for the majority of the text. The editor encourages authors to take advantage of the ability to use colour in the production of figures, maps, images, and graphs. However, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of the readers problems when they print the document on a black and white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colours in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.
  • Please ensure that there are no coloured mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text.


C. References

At the copyediting stage, the Review will insert all references through Mendeley. The software is available for free and the Review encourages its use for all submissions. To this aim, after installing the software and separately the Word plug in, it is possible to install the Review’s “Style”, which will format all references and the bibliography according to the journal’s standard. To install the Style, insert the following URL in the Mendeley plug in relevant menu: We further created a group to share the most commonly used references in the bibliographies of PSL Quarterly Review and Moneta e Credito (the Italian sister journal) articles.


Below are the main guidelines for the manual formatting of references and bibliography.


  • Within the text of the manuscript, use the author-date method of citation. For instance, “As noted by Smith, 1776.” Several citations should be separated by a semicolon.
  • References cited together in the text should be arranged chronologically.
  • When there are two authors, use both last names. For instance, “Edlin and Reichelstein (1996) claim … ”. If there are three or more authors, give the last name of the first author and append “et al.” For instance, a 1987 work by Abel, Baker, and Charley, would be cited as “Abel et al., 1987.” 
  • If two or more cited works share the same authors and dates, use “a”, “b”, and so on to distinguish among them. For instance, “Jones, 1994a, provides a more general analysis of the model introduced in Jones, 1994b.”
  • After the first cite in the text using the author-date method, subsequent cites can use just the last names only if that will be unambiguous. For example, Edlin and Reichelstein (1996) can be followed by just Edlin and Reichelstein provided no other article by Edlin and Reichelstein is referenced; if one is, then the date must always be attached.
  • Whenever available, indicate DOIs or URLs of the references.
  • The list of references should be arranged alphabetically by authors’ names, and chronologically per author. If an author’s name is mentioned separately as well as with one or more co-authors, the following order should be used: publications of a single author, arranged in chronological order – publications of the author with one co-author – publications of the author with more than one co-author.
  • Do not abbreviate the titles of periodicals in the list of references.
  • In the case of publications in any language other than English, the original title is to be retained.


Use the following as examples for the list of references:

  • Terzera L. (2001), “The evolution of multiple births in Italy”, Genus, vol. 58 n. 1, pp. 159-181.
  • Fiumanò M. (2000), A ognuna il suo bambino, Milan: Il Saggiatore.
  • Derom R., Orlebeke J., Eriksson A., Thiery M. (1995), “The epidemiology of multiple births in Europe”, in Keith L.G. (ed.), Multiple pregnancy: epidemiology, gestation and perinatal outcome, New York: Parthenon Publishing Group, pp. 145-162.
  • Golini A., Calvani P. (1997), “Relationship between perception of health, chronic diseases and disabilities”, presented at the 10th Meeting of the REVES Network, Tokyo, October 9-11.


B.2.4. Tables

  • Large tables should be avoided. Reversing columns and rows will often reduce the dimensions of a table. Please use the table creation tools available in your word processor to make tables: do not use the "tab key" or the "space bar" approach.
  • Tables should be numbered according to their sequence in the text. The text should include references to all tables.
  • Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title. Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table. Please define any symbols or abbreviations used in a table immediately below the table itself
  • For each table the source must be indicated at the bottom.


 B.2.5. Illustrations

  • Illustrations should be numbered according to their sequence in the text, and labelled as “Figure 1”, “Figure 2”, etc. References should be made in the text to each illustration.
  • Each illustration should have a brief and self-explanatory title. Any explanations essential to the understanding of the illustration should be given in the legend. For each illustration, the source must be indicated at the bottom.
  • The text in the illustration itself should be kept to a minimum.


B.2.6. Mathematical expressions

  • All formulae should be presented in a consistent and clear way, and the meaning of each symbol should be explicitly stated at their first occurrence.
  • All formulae which are referred in the main text must be displayed and numbered consecutively on the same line, on the right-hand side of the equation:  [1], [2] etc.


B.2.7. Proofs

Copyediting is performed by the journal. However, authors are expected to submit a final draft in correct English and complying with the requirements set out above; non-native English speakers are strongly invited to have their final drafts proof checked by an English mother tongue person.

The Editorial Board reserves the right to make editorial changes to the original manuscript, which may be necessary to make the article suitable for publication. In any case, before publication the corresponding author will receive the galley proofs and may be asked to answer queries from the copyeditor.