Working Paper Submissions

Submission of Working Papers

ERSA is interested in promoting economic research in all areas of the discipline with particular emphasis being given to proposals in the following areas:

  1. Economic Growth
  2. International Integration of the South African economy
  3. Social Expenditure and its Impact
  4. Labour Market Analysis
  5. Tax Policy
  6. Data Quality Issues
  7. Policy Analysis

New Mechanism - Applicable to all papers submitted from 1 January 2016.

  1. ERSA will accept submission of complete Working Papers that have not already appeared in another Working Paper series. Such submissions will be subject to peer review , and publication is also conditional on the provision of a research brief summarizing the key points of the paper in no more than 800 words. Authors to please ensure to include all the references referring to the research brief.
  2. Authors may be requested to supply data and do-files, attached to their Working Paper submissions to ERSA. However the confidentiality of such data will be ensured.
  3. On acceptance of a submission, the paper will appear as an ERSA Working or Policy Paper, and where the paper is subsequently published in a peer reviewed journal a back-payment of R5000 (less tax) for the initial working paper, including a payment for the journal publication  may be made as per point 4 below. 
  4. For papers published in a peer reviewed journals a payment may be made on the following scale:
    • ISI ranked journals – from 200-100 a payment of R20000,
    • ISI ranking from 100 – 30 a payment of R40000,
    • ISI top 30 a payment of R70000.
  5. The ISI ranking will be on the total citations criteria in the Economics subject Category.
  6. The latest available on line ISI ranking will be utilised in assessing the journal.
  7. ERSA will not subsidize publications which appear in the Beall's list (predatory journal list).  For info on this please see
  8. It is incumbent on authors to notify ERSA of the publication of the article in a relevant journal. For  payment a hard copy of the final publication is required as proof.
  9. Financial support from ERSA is to be acknowledged in all presentations of research material to emerge from this project including in the final publication of the paper in a journal. Payment is conditional on such acknowledgment.
  10. Copyright responsibilities vest in the author of the paper.
  11. Please note that all ERSA’s funding obligations are subject to continued funding by its donors. Should such funding cease ERSA may not be able to honour all of the above payments.
  12. Please note that all payment received for research is subject to applicable PAYE tax deductions.
  13. This funding mechanism is open to Economics researchers with an attachment to a South African university.


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