About the Journal

DESCRIPTION

The USFQ Economic Review publishes outstanding undergraduate research in economics and related disciplines.  This open-access, peer-reviewed, and electronic journal is led by student editors from the economics club of Universidad San Francisco de Quito "The Panchonomist", with faculty oversight from the USFQ School of Economics.  Issues are published continuously in English by the USFQ PRESS. 

The goals of this journal are to provide a platform through which undergraduate students who conduct novel research in economics-related areas may publish their work, and to encourage serious, quality research early in students’ academic careers by allowing them to experience the peer-review process.  Manuscripts undergo a rigorous peer-review process by USFQ Economic Review Scientific Committee and Editorial Board.  The journal is distributed freely in a digital format.

 

AUDIENCE

This journal is made for a specialized audience of Economists, Business Libraries, students, professors; but also, it is not limited to that public.

 

EDITORIAL POLICIES

Peer Review Process

This journal operates a double-blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the Editorial Board for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding the acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final. Editors are not involved in decisions about papers that they have written themselves or have been written by family members or colleagues or which relate to products or services in which the editor has an interest. Any such submission is subject to all the journal's usual procedures, with peer review handled independently of the relevant editor and their research groups.

As part of the submission process, authors must include a Letter to the Editor in which they shortly present the research question they address in the paper, its main contributions, its main results and a paragraph explaining why they believe that the Journal is a good fit for the paper.

Authorship

Before submitting their work, writers are expected to carefully check the list and order of authors and to provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission.  All authors must have allowed being listed on the submitted paper.

Any changes to the authorship list, such as the addition, deletion, or rearranging of names, should be made only after the manuscript has been accepted and only with the approval of the editor of the journal.  The editor must acquire the following information from the author to make such a request:

  • The justification for the modification in the authors' list.
  • Written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal, or rearrangement.
  • In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. The publication of the manuscript will be halted while the Editor reviews the request.

After the paper has been approved, the Editor will only consider the addition, deletion, or rearranging of authors in exceptional circumstances. Any requests authorized by the Editor will result in a corrigendum if the manuscript has already been published in an online edition.

Ethics in Publishing

This is the statement of ethics adopted and covers the code of ethics for the Editor-in-chief, co-editors, editorial board members, scientific committee reviewers, and authors. 

Authors should submit only original work that is not plagiarized and has not been published or being considered elsewhere. 

Appropriate software may be used by the editorial office to check for similarities between submitted manuscripts with existing literature. The inclusion of fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements is unacceptable. Work and/or words from other publications must be appropriately cited or quoted. Authors should state their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification, or inappropriate data manipulation. The methods used in the work should be clearly and unambiguously described so that the findings can be repeated and confirmed by other researchers.

Open Access

USFQ Press is an open access publisher, and all of our publications are free to read and published under Creative Commons licenses.Revised Submission

Once the editor receives the reviewers’ reports, the author will receive a notification of the peer review process and the editor’s decision. The editor will decide if a second peer review process is necessary after the first round of revisions.

Upon the completion of each round of the review process, an article will receive an evaluation result as follows:

  • Accepted
  • Accepted with minor revision
  • Accepted with major revision
  • Rejected or declined

Papers will be published in the academic journal between one to two months after acceptance.

 

COPYRIGHT NOTICE

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-NC 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

 

PUBLICATION CRITERIA

The submission and further publication of an article imply that the work described has not been published previously in English or any other language (except in the form of an abstract, a published lecture, or academic thesis). It must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Ensure that the publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was performed. To verify originality, your article will be scanned by the originality detection service Turnitin (an internet-based plagiarism detection service run by the US company Turnitin, LLC).  

 

SUBMISSION PREPARATION

The submission to this journal proceeds totally online, our online submission system will guide you stepwise through the process of entering your work details and uploading your files.   

All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter that includes a brief overview of the manuscript and the corresponding author's contact information including full name, e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address. 

Before submitting a manuscript, please read the Guide for Authors carefully. Besides, as part of the submission process, authors are required to check all the following items, since entries that do not meet these criteria may be returned to the authors.

  • The submission has not been previously published, and it is not currently being considered by another journal (or an explanation has been provided to the Editor). 
  • The submission file is turned on a PDF file format. 
  • The text complies with the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guide. 

 

Submission Checklist 

This list can be used to double-check your submission before you send it to the journal for review. For more information, please check this Guide for Authors cautiously. 

Make sure that the following items are in place: 

  • E-mail address of the author(s). 
  • All required files have been uploaded. 
  • Keywords have been included.
  • All figures include relevant captions. 
  • All tables include titles, descriptions, and footnotes. 
  • Double-check that all figure and table citations in the text correspond to the files given. 

For further considerations: 

Ensure that the manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar-checked,' and all references in the Reference List have been cited in the text, and vice versa. Assure permission to use copyrighted material from other sources has been acquired.