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The ARTNeT Working Paper series focuses on fostering research collaboration between researchers and experts on trade and development in Asia and the Pacific. Working paper submissions should be submitted for the purpose of furthering discussion or criticism, with a view towards more formal publication. Anonymous peer review may also be a part of the review process of submissions, however acceptance for publication does not imply the endorsement of the United Nations.

Working paper submissions should also provide:

  • An abstract briefly (not more than 400 words) summarizing the purpose of the research, principal findings and main conclusions.
  • A maximum of six keywords. Keywords will be used for indexing purposes, so please ensure they are concise and reflect commonly used economic terminology.
  • Up to three Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) classification codes should be provided. Guidelines for JEL codes can be found here.

Submissions for publication in the ARTNeT Working Paper series should be between 6,000 to 8,000 words in length, including references. The latest ARTNeT Working Papers can be found here.

ARTNeT Policy Briefs are short and concisely written summaries of a particular issue, and a description of the available and recommended policy options for dealing with the issue at hand. Policy briefs are targeted at a more general audience than the ARTNeT Working Paper series, and aims to provide a short primer on which knowledge on a particular issue can be further extended.

Submissions for the ARTNeT Policy Brief series should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words in length, including references. The latest ARTNeT Policy Briefs can be found here.

ARTNeT Book Reviews aims to provide online reviews of recent policy oriented books and monographs of interest to policymakers, practitioners, and academics working in the subject areas of international trade, investment, and development. Book review submissions should:

  • Give a clear idea of what the book is about and present the evidence, arguments, methodology and overall conclusions of the book in a fair and accurate manner;
  • Engage readers with an accessible and clear writing style;
  • Place (evaluate) the book within the wider context of the existing literature and research in the subject being studied.

All book reviews should include full publication information, including: (i) book title; (ii) ISBN; (iii) author(s)/editor(s); (iv) publisher; and (v) year of publication.

Book review submissions should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words in length, including references. The latest ARTNeT Book Reviews can be found here.

Please ensure that papers submitted follow the general guidelines below:

  • Papers should be submitted using professional English.
  • References to countries or regions must conform with United Nations usage. A list of the member states of ESCAP can be found here.
  • Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format; files in Excel format should also be provided for any tables or figures appearing in the paper (Please do not send any document or part thereof in PDF format).
  • Papers submitted should have size 12 font with 1.15 line spacing, and be in the 'Arial' font. Main section headings should be in size 14.
  • Where applicable, a list of figures or list of tables should also be provided. Figures and tables in the text should be numbered, titled, and provide a source.
  • Section headings should follow the format:
    1. Economic factors
        1.1. Macro-economic factors
            1.1.1. Growth
            1.1.2. Employment
        1.2 Micro-economic factors
            1.2.1. Competition

Citation and References

In-text citations
  • Please ensure that all references cited in the text also appear in the reference list (and vice versa).
  • All citations in the text should refer to:
    1. Single author: the author's surname (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication;
    2. Two authors: both authors' surnames and the year of publication;
    3. Three or more authors: first author's surname followed by 'and others' and the year of publication.
Referencing Style

The list of references should be ordered alphabetically, then chronologically; more than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication.


Journal article

Bhagwati, J. and T. N. Srinivasan (2002). “Trade and Poverty in the Poor Countries”, American Economic Review, vol. 92, No. 2, May, pp. 51-59.


Spence, M. (2011). The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York.

Chapter in an edited book

McGuire, G. (2003). “Methodologies for measuring restrictions on trade in services”, in Sidorenko, A. and C. Findlay (eds.), Regulation and Market Access (pp. 40-78). Asia Pacific Press at the Australia National University, Canberra

Web references

As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known, should also be given.

European Commission (2008). Keeping promises to the developing world, 9 April. Available from

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  • Please provide a statement of non-plagiarism in the submission email as follows: “I have read, understood and accepted the conditions stated in the Declaration on Plagiarism and Indemnification”.


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