Submission Guidelines

The Journal of International Commerce and Economics is an in-house publication of the U.S. International Trade Commission. Although JICE is unable to accept articles written by individuals not employed by the Commission, articles co-authored with Commission staff are welcome.

Below is a flow chart and an explanation of the submission process:

Preliminary Step: Proposal Submission (Optional). As soon as you have an idea for a journal article, approach any member of the JICE Board or email the Board at to let them know of your interest. In order to develop your idea for a journal article, you may also use a proposal template and submit to the Board. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for a list of acceptable submissions.

Step 1: Initial Red Flag Review: When the article ready, it may be submitted directly to any Board member, and is then passed to the Managing Editor for initial review by the Board. Once the article is written, please ensure the following:

  • Proper Formatting: Please consult the article template [DOCX] and guidelines [PDF] for formatting guidelines. 
  • Submission Form: Please either include the JICE submission form (.DOC) or indicate in your email the title of the article and whether it has previously been published or submitted to any other publication.

Step 2: Editorial Review. Your article will be assigned a JICE editor from the Board by the Managing Editor. The JICE editor and a blind external reviewer will review the content of the journal article. After editorial review, the assigned JICE editor will transmit comments to you, and will coordinate with you on resubmission of the article.

Steps 3 and 4: Operations and Commission Review. Upon acceptance of the article by the Board, the Editor-in-Chief submits it to the Office of Operations and Commissioners’ offices for negative clearance.

Step 5: Publication Decision. After resubmission of the journal article, the JICE editor will coordinate with the author on publication. The Board’s production manager will handle final editorial review and the process of posting the article to the JICE website.