asa rule change?

ASA rule for submissions:

15-35 page draft paper/working paper either converted to a PDF file or prepared as a Word, or WordPerfect document stored locally and ready for uploading.

This is new, right? Didn’t it used to be 20 pages, without anything to imply it shouldn’t be a fully complete paper?

My preferred belief is that this is a new change and that, regardless of whatever story exists about its provenance, blog & Twitter whinging helped bring it about (e.g., here). But I’m open to counter-facts and counter-narratives.

In any event, regardless of why, kudos to the organization for the change.

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

9 thoughts on “asa rule change?”

  1. When was the 20 page limit rule first instituted? Has the ASA used different rules in the past? Maybe during the 70s, people got sick of Garfinkle’s students going on and on about acting weird in elevators, so they limited to 20 words. Seriously, was it ever just an abstract?


  2. The 20 page limit was already old when I first got involved in 1974. The basic rules were the same for 40 years until this most recent change, except for the switch from paper to electronic submissions.


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