JCAP Submission Guidelines

Journal of Cost Analysis & Parametrics Submission Guidelines

To be considered for inclusion in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Cost Analysis & Parametrics, refer to the submission guidelines below before sending your files to JCAP.Editor@gmail.com Submissions will be returned if the following guidelines are not followed:


  • Submissions for the Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics should contain the barest minimum amount of formatting possible.
  • Submissions will be provided in a Word document, single column, left-justified, with no indentation.
  • Font will be Times New Roman, size 10
  • Titles should be written in (or will be changed to) the AP style title case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_case
  • Do not use quotation marks, italics, or underlines for emphasis. In the rare circumstance where emphasis is necessary, use bold.
  • Underlines may only be used to identify hyperlinks. Provide a URL for any underlined text.
  • Do not denote jargon, technical terms, or colloquialisms with quotation marks.
  • Parenthetical acronyms should only be provided if the acronym is used independently later in the document. Every acronym will be spelled out when first used.
  • The same acronym may not be used for more than one term per document.
  • Denote document/article/book titles within the body of the work with italics.
  • Separate sentences with a single space.

 Special Sections:

  • Do not use any automatic section-creating, text-linking, or automatic-updating features in MS Word (including but not limited to all features under the References tab).
  • Provide section headers in bold on a separate line. See section headers in this document for examples.
  • Do not create call-out boxes, other text boxes, or drop-caps.
  • If providing a block quote, mark the beginning with [START BLOCK QUOTE] and end with [END BLOCK QUOTE].
  • Inserting equations using the Insert>Equation feature is permitted.
  • Where a formula is to be part of a sentence, use the Insert>Symbol feature in Word. Do not use a symbolic font like Webdings. The symbol must be in the Times New Roman font.
  • Use inserted symbols for your formula wherever possible; the equation feature does not render as cleanly as Times New Roman symbols.

Footnotes and Endnotes:

  • At the end of the document, make one list of all footnotes and one list of all end notes.
  • Do not use any of the footnote or endnote features provided in Word.
  • Do not enumerate footnotes by page. Keep all footnotes on a single ordered list, and list all the footnotes at the end. When the final page layout is determined, they will be placed on their pages and re-numbered by page.
  • Use a standard-justified number to label your footnote within the text and highlight.
    Example: This sentence is expanded upon in a footnote [Footnote 1].
  • Use the same method for marking endnotes.
    Example: This sentence is expanded upon in an endnote [Endnote 1].

Tables, graphs, and images:

  • Do not insert your table, graph, or chart into the Word document. Send a single Excel file that contains the source data and generated graph on a tab/worksheet labeled with the graph/table/figure reference number.
  • All supplementary file names will include the author’s last name, and the term used to identify it in the document. Examples: Jones_table1.xls; Jones_image1.png
  • Excel files containing the source data for all tables and graphs must be provided as a single file, independent of links or embedding. Each table/graph will be on its own labeled worksheet.
  • Depending on available space, tables and graphs may be resized or differently proportioned, and are unlikely to be placed in the exact location requested in the final publication.
  • Authors may provide screen caps or saved images of tables or graphs for the editors’ reference.
  • Authors will be given the opportunity to review all tables or graphs before final publishing.
  • Mark the approximate location where you would like the object inserted by providing the filename and caption in brackets.
    Example: [Jones_image1.png Caption: “Image 1: a photo of the object discussed”]
  • Do not use words like “below,” “above,” or “here” when referring to your images, as due to sizing and formatting constraints, they may not be in the precise location you indicate. Refer to your images by their title, e.g. “In the graph below, we show…” “In Figure 3, we show…”
  • All images must be high resolution and either .png or .jpg format. Images with poor resolution will not be used.
    • To check the resolution of your image, right click on the file and choose Properties > Details.
    • For .png, the Bit Depth required is 32
    • For .jpg the Horizontal resolution and Vertical resolution should be 300dpi or greater
    • If a file is too large to email, a cloud transfer or other means to send the image will be arranged.
  • The author is responsible for securing permission to use any images downloaded from the internet or taken from other sources. For any image not originally created (i.e., any photo you did not take yourself with your own camera or graph/table you built yourself in Excel or similar program), the author must provide documentation (usually a hyperlink) showing either permission has been granted to use the image, the proper usage fees have been paid, or that the image is free for public use. ICEAA will not purchase image use licenses on authors’ behalf.