Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics

JOCE Editorial Policy

Information for authors can be found at the following links:

1. Publication Ethics

At the point of submission, the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics’ policy requires that each author reveal any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications, or opinions stated - including pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition. When considering whether you should declare a conflict please consider the conflict of interest test: Is there any arrangement that would embarrass you or any of your co-authors if it was to emerge after publication and you had not declared it? As a requirement for submission, authors will be asked to check a box agreeing that there are no known conflicts of interest on the part of any author to the paper.

Authors are expected to be aware of, and comply with, best practice in publication ethics, specifically with regard to authorship, dual submission, plagiarism, figure manipulation, competing interests, and compliance with standards of research ethics.

Author Competing Interests:

Submitting authors are asked to disclose all relevant consultancies within the 12 months prior to submission, since the views expressed in the contribution could be influenced by the opinions they have expressed privately as consultants. This information should be included in the Acknowledgments section of the manuscript. In the event that a previously undisclosed potential competing interest for an author of a published paper comes to the attention of the editors and is subsequently confirmed with the authors, the undeclared interest will be published as an erratum in a future issue.

Editor and Reviewer Competing Interests:

Reviewers must disclose to editors any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript, and they should disqualify themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if they believe it to be appropriate. Conflict of interest for a given manuscript exists when a participant in the peer review and publication process—author, reviewer, and editor—has ties to activities that could inappropriately influence his or her judgment, regardless of whether judgment is, in fact, affected. External peer reviewers should disclose to the Editor any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript and they should disqualify themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if they believe it appropriate. In the event that a reviewer is concerned as to whether a potential conflict of interest may comprise a reason to decline a review, they may contact the journal Editor.

Specific Policies for Editorial Board and Reveiwers

Submission by an editor

A paper submitted by an editor will be handled by one of the other editors who does not have a conflict with the review and who is not at the same institution as the submitting editor. The other editor will select referees and make all decisions on the paper.

Submission by author at same institution as one of the editors

A paper submitted by an author for which there is a potential conflict with who is at the same institution as one of the editors will be handled by one of the other editors. The other editor will select referees and make all decisions on the paper

Submission by family member of editor or by author whose relationship with editor might create the perception of bias

A paper submitted by a family member of one of the editors, or by an author whose relationship with one of the editors might create the perception of bias (e.g. in terms of close friendship or conflict/rivalry), will be handled by another editor. The other editor will select referees and make all decisions on the paper. If in doubt, the editors will consult with the Journal editor.

Potential conflict of interest for reviewers

The invitation letter to reviewers will include the following paragraph: ‘If you know or think you know the identity of the author, and if you feel there is any potential conflict of interest in your refereeing this paper because of your relationship with the author (e.g. in terms of close friendship or conflict/rivalry) or for any other reason, please contact the Editor before accepting the invitation. By accepting this invitation, it is assumed there is no potential conflict of interest.’

2. Copyright and Licensing

Open Access Agreement

Upon submitting an article, authors are asked to indicate their agreement to abide by an open access Creative Commons license (CC-BY). Under the terms of this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright of their articles. However, the license permits any user to download, print out, extract, reuse, archive, and distribute the article, so long as appropriate credit is given to the authors and the source of the work. The license ensures that the article will be available as widely as possible and that the article can be included in any scientific archive.

US Government Authors

Papers authored by one or more US government employees are licensed under a Creative Commons public domain license (CC0), which allows unlimited distribution and reuse of the article for any lawful purpose.

Images and Figures

Submitted manuscripts should not contain any images or figures that have already been published. This can cause serious copyright concerns. If authors must include previously published figures or images, please obtain express written permission from the copyright holder to publish under the CC-BY license.

3. Publication Fees

There are no publication fees to authors for publication of articles in JOCE.

4. Peer Review Procedures


All manuscripts submitted to JOCE are subject to rigorous review. This review consists of the following steps:

  1. Initial submissions are reviewed by the Editor to ensure adherence to JOCE policies.
  2. Submissions may then be assigned to an Editorial Board member or other reviewer for evaluation based on the JOCE publication criteria.
  3. The Editor decides whether reviews from additional experts are needed to evaluate the manuscript. The majority of JOCE submissions are evaluated by two external reviewers, but it is up to the Editor to determine the number of reviews required. Because JOCE is committed to a transparent review process, all manuscript reviews will be signed by the reviewer.
  4. After evaluation, the Editor chooses among the following reviewer and/or Editorial Board member recommendations for decision:
    • Accept
    • Minor Revision
    • Major Revision
    • Reject
  5. If the decision is Minor Revision or Major Revision, authors have 60 days to resubmit the revised manuscript. Upon resubmission, the Editor may choose to send the manuscript back to original external reviewers, or may render a decision based on personal expertise.

5. Related Manuscripts

Upon submission, authors must confirm that the manuscript, or any related manuscript, is not currently under consideration or accepted elsewhere. If related work has been submitted to JOCE or elsewhere, authors must include a copy with the submitted article. Reviewers will be asked to comment on the overlap between related submissions.

We strongly discourage the unnecessary division of related work into separate manuscripts, and we will not consider manuscripts that are divided into "parts." Each submission to JOCE must be written as an independent unit and should not rely on any work that has not already been accepted for publication. If related manuscripts are submitted to JOCE, the authors may be advised to combine them into a single manuscript at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.