Instructions for Authors

  1. This Journal is edited with articles mainly dealing in ‘theoretical and empirical researches regarding behavioral economics’.
  2. Anyone can submit his/her work. Non-ABEF member shall be required a fee of 5,000 yen. No fees are required for ABEF members.
  3. All submissions should be written in either Japanese or English. They must be original work that has not been published nor submitted to any other journal.
  4. Submitted work’s copy right shall be transferred from the author to ABEF automatically without compensation at the point when the work is submitted (or at the point when the final version is submitted for drafts for drafts for Annual Meeting). Authors shall still be able to use their works for publication etc after the copy right is transferred within the scope stipulated in ABEF’s Copyright Rules and Regulations. If the work is not accepted for the journal after review, the copyright shall be returned to the author by notifying of the rejection. (See Copyright Rules and Regulations for details.)
  5. Whether a work is accepted or rejected shall be determined by Editorial Committee based upon judgment by referees commissioned by the Committee.
  6. Writing Instructions
    1. Manuscripts (in PDF)
      1. ①All submissions must be typewritten horizontally on A4 paper. They should be as simple and short as possible.
      2. ②Manuscripts (in PDF) must be submitted in two separate parts, ’title page’ and ’the main manuscripts’. In the title page should include the title of the paper and the author’s name, affiliation and the contact information (mailing address, telephone number, fax number or e-mail address). In the main manuscript, any information identifying the author, such as his/her name, company/university name, contact information (mailing address, telephone number, fax number or e-mail address) or dedication, must not be included.
      3. ③If written in Japanese, there shall be 40 letters per line and 33 lines per page. The text shall be in 10.5 point and in Ming (chotai) font.
      4. ④If written in English, it should be single spaced, and in Times New Roman font, 11 point.
      5. ⑤The cover page shall include the title, summary (no more than 150 words), JEL classification numbers (no more than 3) (http;// and keywords (no more than 5).
      6. ⑥Commas (,) and periods (.) (in full-width characters) shall be used.
      7. ⑦Half-width characters should be used for numbers in the text (such as years and numerical data), and full-width characters should be used for numbers that are part of the writing. For example, the year 2010 should be written out in half-width, and 1st and 2nd shall be written in full-width.
      8. ⑧When citing references, for two authors, “and” should be used, and for more than two aut hors, state only the lead author and abbreviate others using: “et al.” When the authors are Japanese, state only the surnames, dividing the names by using: “・”. Publication year should be stated in parenthese after the author(s)’ name(s). If more than one item published in different years by the same author(s) are referred to, the publication years should be put in one set of parenthese with comma(s).
        e.g.) Camerer et al. (2005, 2007), Takanaka・Yamamoto・Suzuki (2003, 2004)
      9. ⑨Section number should be as follows:
        Section 1.
        Subsection 1.1
        Sub-subsection 1.2.1
      10. ⑩Numerical formulas should be stated with a punctuation at the end, and a number at the right side. Their font should be in Italic. When a part of a formula is referred in the text, it should also be in Italic.
        y = x, (1)
      11. ⑪Figures and tables should be inserted as follows:
        1. Figures and tables should always have a title (e.g.: ‘Figure 1 Amount of smoking and level of happiness’, ‘Table 1 Descriptive statistics of experimental results’)
        2. The title of a figure should be placed below the figure, and the title of a table, before the table.
        3. Numbers of figures should continue as: Figure 1, Figure 2… Numbers of tables should continue as: Table 1, Table 2…
        4. Figures and tables should be inserted in the appropriate places, corresponding to the text.
        5. Text written within the tables and figures should use the same punctuationas the main text:commas ( , ) and periods ( . ).
      12. ⑫Notes should be placed as footnotes with consecutive numbers.
        e.g.) …as body mass is an optimal outcome of rational decision makings. 1
      13. ⑬Appendix and additions should be placed before References, in one section. If there are more than one, they should be listednas Appendix A, Appendix B, Appendix C…
      14. ⑭References should be placed in the References section in alphabetical order of authors’ surnames, without distinguishing between Japanese and English references. Even if there are more than 3 authors, write all the authors’ names without abbreviations, and punctuate with a comma between each name. For English names, separate the names with “and” if there are two authors, and if there are more than 3, use commas ( , ) and add “and” before the name of the last author. For authors’ first names and middle names, state only their initials.
        • Articles
          Author name(s), year of publication. Title of the article Name and volume of the journal, page(s).
          e.g.) Becker, G.C. and K.M. Murphy, 1988. A theory of rational addiction. Journal of Political Economy 96, 675-700.
          *For titles of articles, only the initial letter should be capitalized. However, for names of journals, the initial letter of each word should be capitalized.
        • Articles in Compilations
          Author, year of publication. Title of the article. Editor, name of the book (edition name). Publishing company. Place of publication.
          e.g.) Carroll, C.D., 2000. Why do the rich save so much? J.B. Slemrod ed., Does Atlas Shrug? The Economics Consequences of Taxing the Rich. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, US.
        • Books
          Author, year of publication. Title. Publishing company, place of publication.
          e.g.) Ainslie, G., 2001. Breakdown of Will. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, UK.
          *The initial letter of each word of a book title should be capitalized.
        • Reports, studies and data
          Author (or issuing organization), year of publication (release). Title. (Place URL here if the source is a website.)
          e.g.) U.S. Energy Information Administration, Independent Statistics and Analysis, 2009. Electric Power Industry 2009: Year in Review.

          *The initial letter of each word should be capitalized.
    2. Final paper (accepted work must follow the format below:)
      1. ① Except for (1)② above, follow the manuscript writing instructions.
      2. ② The name of the author should be listed on the cover page, and the author information (company/university name and e-mail address) are to be included in the author footnote (If there is more than one author, list all authors in alphabetical order.)
        e.g.) acompany/university name: XXXXX
        E-mail address: XXXX@XXX
        b company/university name: XXXXX
        E-mail address: XXXX@XXX
        c company/university name: XXXXX
        E-mail address: XXXX@XXX
        If an acknowledgment needs to be included, put a superscript asterisk (*) beside the paper title and add the acknowledgment text as a footnote on the same page.
    3. Papers from proceedings
      1. ① Maximum of 6 pages (including the main text, notes, figures and tables, reference list, cover page etc.)
      2. ② Format should be as stipulated in 2) of Writing a Final paper.
    4. Upon acceptance of the article, the items below should be submitted to ABEF.
      1. ① Main text – text file format (WORD, TEX, etc,) or in PDF format.
      2. ② For Japanese articles, include an English title and a 150-word summary in English for the English website – text file format (WORD, TEX, etc.) or in PDF format.
        e.g.) Tariffs, Time Preference, and the Current Account under Weakly Nonseparable Preferences.
      3. ③ Figures and tables inserted in the main text should be as follows:
        A few notes for figures, tables, and data for photo plates
        < Acceptable File Formats are:>
        Illustrator, Photoshop, JPEG, TIFF, PDF, Word, Excel, and Power Point.
        1. (I) Illustrator
          All letters should be converted into Outline.
          All files used should be embedded.
        2. (II) Photoshop
          Layers must be integrated into one layer.
          *When several pictorial files are used.
        3. (III) Word, Excel, and Power Point
          Works must be in Word, Excel, or Power Point format. However, PDF is recommended, since it is likely when we work, the printouts from the Authors’ PC environment will not be reproduced, as it depends on the PC environment.
        4. (IV) PDF
          Fonts must be embedded.
        5. (V) For all types of formats
          ABEF will try to adjust the resolution of submitted data. However, if originals are in low quality, the result in display or printout will be in low quality as well.