Submitting Articles

Submitting Articles

Aims and scope of the journal

The Journal of Gulf Economics aims to publish papers on important economic issues affecting the countries comprising the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and their most important trading partners. The Journal provides analysis relevant to the economics profession - academic, consultants, bankers  and students, but it offers businesses, politicians and civil servants clarity - with high-level mathematics kept to a necessary minimum - on current economic thinking and empirical results.

The Journal will be published quarterly in two parts: a refereed section in which articles are sent to impartial referees for comment prior to publication and a non-refereed section where a decision on publication is made by a committee of the editorial board. Authors must state whether or not their submissions are for the refereed or non-refereed section. 

The purpose of the non-refereed section, which comprises the bulk of the Journal's content is to publish interesting articles by academic and business economists and experts in related fields. These authors may desire to communicate their experience, ideas and empirical findings to a wider audience than that existing for less accessible articles in the more technical economic journals or wish to publish on a more timely basis than is general given the procedures involved in academic publishing. 

The non-referred section will be read by a larger number of people. These are in the professions such as law, in government, in 'Think-Tanks' and others involved policy-making, in universities and colleges. It will also appeal to people occupying positions of economic influence, but often without the technical training and language of the professional economist.

Style of articles

Apart from in the refereed section, articles should resemble those in Foreign Affairs, the Harvard Business Review, World Economics and similar periodicals. Submissions to this section should not be presented as formal academic papers where the use of technical jargon (unless explained), constant references to ‘the literature’, and complex mathematics make it hard for non-specialists to follow the argument. References and footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Tables and Charts may be included, so long as they are clear and necessary to illustrate points essential to the argument in the text.


Articles for the refereed section should be in the range 2,500-5,000 words in length. Articles for the non-refereed Section should be from 1,500- 3,500. Shorter articles and notes are welcomed but longer ones should be agreed with the Managing Editor. They may be subject to editing in the cause of readability and comprehension in line with the Journal’s aim to communicate clearly.


Issue 1 January - March, Submission Deadline March 1


Issue 2 April - June, Submission Deadline June 1


Issue 3 July - September Deadline September 1


Issue 4 October - December Deadline December 1



Articles should be delivered to the Journal in Microsoft Word, in Arial 12 point with 1.5 spaces between lines. Tables and Charts and the data on which they are based should be delivered separately in a Microsoft Excel file with explanations of their position in the text document in the following form. Pictures should be in jpeg format. Sources should lie below tables and charts in Arial 10 point. Footnotes should be on the page referred to in Arial 10 point. References should be at the end of the document in the following format: 

George, G.H (2015), Diversifying from Oil, Journal of Political Economy, 2 (1). pp 45-67.


Key Points 

Submitted articles should be accompanied with four key points. Each key point should be between 20 and 50 words. A typical example for an article is shown below:

  • Dubai’s manufacturing sector generated value added of AED 35.7 billion in 2016, but labour productivity at AED 139,000 per worker was relatively low compared to other sectors.
  • The sector contributed only 9.5 per cent of total value added in 2016, considerably less than the average of 16.2 per cent in in global GDP and received only 4.2 per cent of incoming FDI in the same year.
  • To stimulate industry the Emirate launched the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 (DIS2030) which nominates manufacturing as a strategic sector.
  • Dubai’s challenge is to transform a sector characterised by low wage labour intensive production methods with a qualitative leap depending on the growth in the total productivity of factors of production.



An abstract of around 100-150 words should be submitted along with both refereed and non-referred articles both introducing the article and providing a summary of its conclusions.

Authors Biographies  

Authors names should be provided in the style desired for publication, together with a brief biography of about 50 -75 words including current affiliation 

Page proofs

Page proofs of an article once desk top published will be sent to the first-named author (or the corresponding author if designated) who will be advised by the Journal staff on the deadline for the return of the corrected proofs. On publication a PDF copy of the Journal will be sent to each named contributor who will also receive a full year's free subscription.

Address for contributors

Please send submissions by email to:

Contributions of publication

All articles are subject to final acceptance by the Managing Editor and publication decisions are made by the members of the Editorial Advisory Board in line with the objectives of the Journal or on the basis of the advice of anonymous referees. Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that if it is published in the journal, copyright in the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms and media, shall be assigned exclusively to the journal. The transfer of copyright does not take effect unless and until the manuscript is accepted for publication and the author(s) notified. Authors will be asked to sign a copyright assignment form which is a condition of publication. Authors retain the right to re-use their material in future collections of their own work and their consent will be sought before granting permission to any third party to re-typeset and reprint their article in any other publication.