Instructions for Authors

Manuscript Submission

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts online via the Journal of Human Capital Editorial Manager system at Detailed instructions are available below. If you do not have access to the Web, please send one hard copy of your manuscript and a CD-R containing all relevant electronic files to the editorial office.

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Statement of Policy

The Journal of Human Capital encompasses microeconomic, macroeconomic, and international economic perspectives on the theme of human capital. JHC is currently seeking papers in the conventional areas of labor and health economics and economic demography, as well as papers focusing on education, health and longevity, family economics, value of lifesaving, social mobility, income and wealth distributions, technological innovation and technology transfer, entrepreneurship, immigration and economic globalization, politics and institutions, economic growth and development, crime and corruption, and productivity and structural change.

The Journal of Human Capital occasionally solicits book reviews on the recommendation of its editorial board members. Publishers may send notices of newly published books available for review (please, no actual books) to the editorial office.

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Formatting Electronic Files

Please adhere to the requirements below when submitting a new or revised manuscript via Editorial Manager. The system relies on automated processing to create a PDF file from your submission. If you do not follow these instructions, your submission cannot be processed and will not be received by the journal office.

Acceptable Formats
  • Microsoft Word (.doc)(any recent version)
  • PDF (.pdf)
  • LaTeX (.tex)
  • WordPerfect (.wpd)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
File Contents

Word documents should be submitted as a single file. Authors should submit figures as separate files, in TIFF (.tif) or EPS (.eps) (not GIF [.gif] or JPEG [.jpg]) format.

If you submit a LaTeX file, all figures and tables should be external files that are referenced within the main "ms.tex" file by using appropriate commands. LaTeX is especially suited for articles containing extensive math; authors of math-intensive manuscripts can use the AASTeX manuscript package available at .

Please note that authors of accepted manuscripts may be required to submit high-resolution hard copies of all figures during production, as not all digital art files are usable.

In addition to the main manuscript file, submit your cover letter as a separate file in the same format as your main file. If you used any revision or editorial tracking tools in your word-processing program, be sure the final version of your manuscript does not contain tracked changes.

File Compression and Archives

If you have more than two files to upload into the system (e.g., manuscript, figures, and cover letter), we recommend you combine these files into an archive, so you upload only a single file when submitting the manuscript. Applications for Mac OS (such as StuffIt) and Windows (such as WinZip) support the formats listed below.

The following archive formats may be used:

  • Zip (e.g., "")
  • Unix tar (e.g., "archive.tar" or compressed with a gzip as "archive.tar.gz" or "archive.tgz")

If you cannot create archives in these formats, you may still compress individual files to shorten upload time:

  • Unix compress (e.g., "ms.tex.Z")
  • gzip (e.g., "ms.tex.gz")

Revised and Final Versions of Manuscripts

If you are submitting a revised manuscript, please include your responses to the reviewers comments as part of the cover letter file. When submitting a revised manuscript with figures, include all figures, even if they have not changed since the previous version. The final version of your manuscript must be submitted in Word (doc.), Rich Text (.rtf), or LaTeX (.tex) format, because your keystrokes will be used in publication; a PDF does not contain usable character data and is thus not adequate. For both revised and final versions of manuscripts, please observe the same formatting instructions outlined above.

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General Specifications

Manuscripts should have both a strong introduction that clearly explains the context of the topic and a strong summary that clearly describes the message.

In-text reference citations should take one of the following forms: Gopinath (2001) or (Phelps 2000).

Items in the reference list should appear as follows:

Journal article:
Smith, John D. 1960. "Economics Today." J.P.E. 68 (October): 126-42.

Smith, John D. 1965. Economics Today. 2 vols. New York: Oxford Univ. Press.

Chapter in an edited book:
Smith, John D. 2005. "Economics Today." In Economics Today, edited by Mary Brown. Chicago: Univ. Chicago Press.

Unpublished manuscript:
Smith, John D. 1963. "Economics Today." Manuscript, Univ. Chicago, Dept. Econ.


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Online Submission Instructions

Please have the following items readily available before beginning the online submission process:

  1. Manuscript in an acceptable format as described above
  2. Cover letter as a separate file
  3. Information from title page (to be typed into the peer review database): title, short title, list of authors and affiliations, and contact information for the corresponding author
  4. Abstract of the manuscript (to be copied and pasted into a field in Editorial Manager)

Go to the Journal of Human Capital Editorial Manager system at to submit your manuscript. If you do not have access to the Web, please send one hard copy of your manuscript and a CD-R containing all relevant electronic files to the editorial office.

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Open Access Policy

Journal of Human Capital authors have the option to make their accepted paper freely available online immediately upon publication. The fee for Open Access is $2,500. Contact for more information.


UK authors should note that this option cannot be used to comply with RCUK regulations for gold OA, as the University of Chicago Press requires permission for commercial reuse. UCP does comply with the RCUK regulations for green OA.

"Green" Open Access

The University of Chicago Press supports Green Open Access for all articles, as defined by the RCUK Open Access Policy, under the Press’s Guidelines for Journal Authors’ Rights.


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