EAEPE sponsors the Journal of Institutional Economics (JOIE), published by Cambridge University Press for Millennium Economics Ltd.

The first issue appeared in June 2005. In 2014 JOIE is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

From 2012 the journal is listed on the Social Sciences Citation Index®. For a newly-established journal JOIE has achieved a high impact.


“The Journal of Institutional Economics is bringing together the best scholarship from all over the world on the study of institutions, the incentives they generate, and likely outcomes. I enthusiastically look forward to each issue.”

Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012)

Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2009

JOIE is devoted to the study of the nature, role and evolution of institutions in the economy, including firms, states, markets, money, households and other vital institutions and organizations. JOIE welcomes contributions by all schools of thought that can contribute to our understanding of the features, development and functions of real world economic institutions and organisations

JOIE is an interdisciplinary journal that will be of particular interest to all academics working in the social sciences, particularly in economics and business studies. Contributions from politics, geography, anthropology, sociology, law and philosophy will also be welcomed.

JOIE has accepted or published essays by leading authors in the field, including Cristiano Antonelli, Masahiko Aoki, Peter Boettke, John B. Davis, Robin Dunbar, Thráinn Eggertsson, Alexander Field, Werner Güth, Philip Mirowski, Ugo Pagano, Elinor Ostrom, Francesco Parisi, Richard Posner, Vernon W. Ruttan, John R. Searle, Mark Setterfield, Viktor Vanberg, Mary Shirley, and Ulrich Witt.

Publication in JOIE can bring substantial visibility for scholarship in this area. JOIE is widely available in its electronic version. One June 2005 article has already had over 12,000 full text downloads. The hard copy circulation of the journal is over 500 and rapidly increasing.

Reviewing process

A very fast but thorough reviewing process has been established. On average so far (as of 2 July 2013, see track record): 35% of submissions have been rejected without being sent out to referees; 34% of submissions were rejected by the editors (in an original or revised form) after being sent out to referees; only 21% of submissions received so far have been accepted by the editors in an original or revised form. Of the refereed papers (first submissions only), the editors' decision was communicated to authors within 50 days in 55% of all cases, and within 90 days in 92% of all cases. With submissions that were rejected by the editors without being sent to referees, most authors were informed within 10 days. JOIE has served authors by providing a rapid decision in almost all cases.  


JOIE accepts electronic submissions only. Papers should be submitted via the online manuscript submission site.

Authors should consult the Notes for Contributors and adhere to its guidelines.

Young researchers considering to submit a paper for the first time are advised to have a look at Geoff Hodgson's advice on how to get published.

Elinor Ostrom Prize

All articles published in JOIE compete for the newly-established annual Elinor Ostrom Prize.