Peer review protocol

Above all, the IEA is known for the quality, accessibility and rigour of its research. We publish incisive economic analysis on a wide range of policy issues including education, the environment, welfare, trade, monetary policy and pensions. IEA publications also deal with wider issues such as corporate social responsibility, public choice economics, morality and the market, corruption and the legal foundations of the market economy.

As well as focusing on policy, some of our publications are designed to make accessible the great pioneers of free-market thought, for example our acclaimed primers on masters such as Adam Smith and Ludwig von Mises and our condensed version of The Road to Serfdom.

We produce our research in a range of formats. These include peer-reviewed monographs, policy papers and an academic journal. We also publish books in association with academic publishing houses. Much of this work can be downloaded for free from our website; alternatively you can purchase hard copies of our publications or subscribe to receive them regularly.

One of the IEA’s strengths is the wide network of outstanding authors and fellows connected to the organisation. This ensures the calibre of the research we publish is high, as well as being relevant to public policy debates. Our papers are read widely by academics, students, teachers, politicians, journalists and others involved in policy formation and debate. The approach of our authors is to bring economics to life in a style that does not compromise on rigour but which is comprehensible to the intelligent non-economist.

The IEA accepts no tied funding for its research and publications from corporations. The independence of the editorial process is also guaranteed by a blind peer review process. All IEA monographs and Discussion Papers are blind peer reviewed by independent people, normally academics. Exceptions are made in particular cases, for example when lectures are published. Current Controversies are only internally reviewed.

IEA monographs form our flagship series. They can be primers, policy studies, lectures or in-depth research into a particular area of economics. Some monographs are multi-authored. The main monograph series are Hobart Papers, Research Monographs, Occasional Papers, Readings and Hobart Paperbacks. Monographs have a high reputation for academic rigour combined with an accessible style. Amongst the twelve Nobel Prize winners that have written for the IEA, ten of them have been authors of IEA monographs.

IEA Discussion Papers provide a short, but serious, analysis of current policy issues or issues of crucial importance in political and economic debate. Lectures are also published as discussion papers.

IEA Current Controversies are generally designed to provide briefings on important issues of current economic controversy. They are often produced rapidly, can be relatively brief and are not externally peer reviewed. Sometimes, Current Controversies involve a review of other published work on a topical subject.

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