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When preparing your new manuscript please closely consider the following Guidelines for Authors.

Guidelines for Authors

The manuscript title page must provide: name(s) of the author(s), a concise and informative title, the affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s), the e-mail address and the telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author.

An abstract should be provided of up to 150 words. The abstract should be written in non-technical language without the use of undefined abbreviations or unspecified references. The abstract should state the innovation and contribution of the paper to the field.

Please also provide 4 to 6 keywords and three JEL classification numbers which can be used for indexing purposes.


Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The acknowledgements statement should thank the anonymous referees of this Journal and recognize their help and guidance. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.


The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text or footnotes. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

It has to be checked whether the listed references are up-to-date (e.g. check whether discussion papers have been published in the meanwhile).

The references have to be listed in alphabetical order under the first author’s name. Citations in the text must be by author and year.

Journal papers

May be cited as: Doepke M (2005) Child mortality and fertility decline: does the Barro-Becker model fit the facts? J Popul Econ 18:337–366

Articles by DOI may be cited as follows: Bar-El R, García-Muñoz T, Neuman S, Tobol Y (2012) The evolution of secularization: cultural transmission, religion and fertility-theory, simulations and evidence. J Popul Econ. doi:10.1007/s00148-011-0401-9


May be cited as: Becker GS (1991) A Treatise on the Family. Harvard University Press, Cambridge

Book Chapter

May be cited as: Blau FD (1992) The fertility of immigrant women: evidence from high-fertility source countries. In: Borjas GJ, Freeman RB (eds) Immigration and the work force: economic consequences for the United States and source areas. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, pp 93–133

Online document

May be cited as: Australian Government (2004) Budget 2004–05: more help for families. Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.–05. Accessed 31 May 2011


May be cited as: Pham LT (2009) Determinants of child health and contraceptive use in Vietnam: a microeconometric analysis. PhD thesis, University of Groningen

Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations, see

Figures, Tables and Formulae

Figures have to be of high technical quality and must have a short title. They are to be numbered consecutively and must be on separate pages at the end of the manuscript. The desired position of figures should be indicated on the respective manuscript pages (‘Insert figure 1 here’).

Tables are to be numbered separately from the illustrations. Each table must have a short title. Footnotes to tables have to be marked by lower case letters. Tables are to be numbered consecutively and must be on separate pages at the end of the manuscript. The desired position of figures should be indicated on the respective manuscript pages (‘Insert table 1 here’).

Formulae are to be numbered consecutively on the right-hand side of the page.

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(-) The electronic supplementary material should be separated from the manuscript itself and be submitted as an extra file, both word-file and PDF-file. The printed manuscript will provide a link to the supplementary material on the title page in a footnote.

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