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Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must follow these submissions guidelines to be considered eligible for the Program.

Only electronic submittals will be accepted. All manuscripts must be in PDF format; however, an author’s access to computing equipment will not be a factor in the selection committee’s decision. Please contact the JEI Scholarship Program at for exceptions.
Authors should send their work to the email address listed on the JEI SP website. Also, in the email subject line, please type, “Journal of Environmental Investing Scholarship Submittal.”

Manuscripts should be organized as follows:

Cover sheet: Attach a cover sheet with the following information:  manuscript title; author name(s) and title or position; institutional affiliation; and the corresponding author’s address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address. All pages should be numbered, with the cover sheet as page one. To facilitate blind peer reviews, author names and affiliations should appear only on the cover sheet.

Acknowledgments: Place acknowledgments on a separate sheet, located after
the cover sheet. The study sponsors, if any, should be included in the acknowledgments.

Abstract: An abstract of no more than 225 words should accompany the manuscript on a separate sheet (page 3). The abstract should be a stand-alone summary of the manuscript’s central findings and argument, not an overview of the manuscript’s outline. The title of the manuscript should appear at the top of
the abstract page.

Main Text: Manuscripts by authors schooled in the natural and social sciences will typically have separate sections for Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. Authors schooled in the legal and humanistic disciplines are likely to organize their materials in a way that illuminates the logical connections between different elements of the argument. In all cases, use appropriate section headings to help guide the reader.

Following are general guidelines for preparing the basic elements of the manuscript. If you have questions that are not addressed under one of these descriptions, please contact the Program.

Text Font: Please use 12-point Times New Roman for all text.

Document Layout: The margins for the entire document are one inch at the top and bottom; the left margin: 1.25; the right margin: 1.19; and the header and
footer from the edge: 0.5.

Paragraph Layout: Left alignment. Any indentations, such as for block quotations, should be 0.25.  Spacing between paragraphs should be 14 pts. Set
the line spacing at multiple and 1.15.

Text Headings: Please do not  “stack” headings on top of each other; use the text to preview the subheads in a section rather than diving right into the first subhead.  Although you may design your own heading system, the following is a suggested system: A-level headings stand alone and can be 12-point, boldface type with standard initial letter capitalization; B-level headings (subheads) stand alone and can be 12-point, boldface italic type with standard initial letter capitalization; and C-level heads (subheads) begin their relevant paragraphs, are followed by a period, and can be 12-point, boldface type with standard initial letter capitalization. If
your paper organization requires additional levels of headings, please design with the intent of making hierarchy obvious (you can also consult the Chicago Manual of Style).

Spelling, Word Usage, and Text Styling: For points not otherwise covered in these guidelines, please use Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (10th ed.) and The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) (University of Chicago Press).

Foreign Abbreviations: Spell out e.g., etc., i.e., et al., vs., and so forth as their English equivalents. In other words, use the terms for example, and so on, that is, and others, and versus (except in citing legal cases, where v. is used).

Colloquialisms, Contractions, and Acronyms: Avoid slang and word contractions except when they appear in quotations and in examples containing “natural” dialogue.

Resist the use of acronyms and other forms of abbreviation. As a general rule, an acronym is appropriate only (a) if it is used frequently in a portion or all of a manuscript or (b) if the acronym itself has entered common usage in everyday conversation (e.g., “USEPA” for “United States Environmental Protection Agency”). The first time an accepted acronym is used in your paper, spell the term out and place the acronym immediately after it, enclosed in parentheses; then, in its additional appearances, use the acronym.

Quotations and Extracts: Quotations and extracts from other works are handled in one of two ways, depending on length.

For a quotation of fewer than 100 words, run the quotation into the regular text. Enclose it in quotation marks, and cite the source in the text (for further explanation, see “in-text citations” under number 6 on Citations, Notes, and References). If the quotation is a fragment, remember to incorporate it grammatically into the surrounding text.

For a quotation of 100 words or more (an extract), use a block formation, that is, set it off from the rest of the text. Omit the quotation marks and indent the entire extract (and omit the paragraph indentation in the first line). Leave an extra line of space above and below the quotation. The font size and style should be the same as the body of the manuscript (12 pt Times New Roman). Place the citation at the end of the quotation in square brackets, not parentheses, and place the final punctuation after the closing bracket.

Authors are strongly encouraged to illustrate their work with tables, figures, maps, and photographs. Please identify all illustrations as figures and number consecutively throughout manuscript (Figure 1: The Cost for 2010; Figure 2: The Cost for 2011, etc.) All figures should be referred to within the text. For example, “As Figure 1 illustrates” and  “Global emissions rose in 2009 (Figure 5).”

Figures: Authors should submit any figures in electronic form, preferably TIF (line drawings should be at least 600 ppi; halftone or gray-scale figures should be at least 300 ppi) or EPS (with fonts embedded) format. Color figures must be at least 300 ppi CMYK. Provide figure captions together on a separate page. Tables (in Word or Excel that the editorial office will be able to manipulate for formatting purposes) should not duplicate data also provided in figures or in the text. For tables of data that might be of value only to a few readers, authors should consider indicating that the data is available on request from the author. Table and figure captions/legends should make them understandable without reference to the text. Tables and figures must be referred to in the text.

Citations, Notes, and References: Use in-text citations rather than footnotes or endnotes to identify sources and tangential material, or to provide explanations.  Follow the in-text citation style found in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.

Full bibliographic information for all references cited in the text should appear at the end of the manuscript. Reference entries should be alphabetized by author name, or if there are no individual names, by organization. Follow the reference style found in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.

Sources and Permissions: Please identify the sources of all text, figures, or tables (even your own previously published work).  The following guidelines will assist you in dealing with the permissible items in your work as you prepare your manuscript.  Please be aware that these guidelines reflect only our internal administrative policy. They are not to be considered determinative or to be a statement of what does or does not constitute “fair use” in every case in the legal sense. Also, the guidelines do not relieve you of any obligations under your Publishing Agreement or under copyright laws.  You are permitted to quote words, tables, figures, and other material by outside authors to support your own points, provided that the information is accurate and appropriately credited. Depending on the source, length, or nature of a quotation, permission from the copyright holder may be needed.  As author, you are responsible for

  • obtaining written consent from the copyright holder,
  • submitting all permissions with your final manuscript, and
  • paying any fees involved in obtaining permission, unless otherwise stated in your contract.

NOTE: Requesting permissions can be a lengthy process. Some publishers will take three months or longer to reply to your request. Therefore, please initiate requests for permission to reprint items as you incorporate those items into your manuscript. Please do not wait until you are compiling your complete and final manuscript to begin the request process. Not all requests may be granted by the time of publication and publication could be delayed. Keep in mind that for legal purposes, the signed originals of all permission releases must be submitted with your final manuscript.

The manuscript should include a short biographical sketch of each author (150 words or less per author).

It is a condition of the JEI Scholarship Program that manuscripts submitted to this Program have not been published previously, in part or in whole, in a peer-reviewed journal. All prior presentations of the manuscript material must be disclosed to the editor at the time of initial manuscript submission. It is also a condition of acceptance that the author(s) will not simultaneously submit or publish the material elsewhere.

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