Submission Guidelines

Invitation to Submit

The Canadian Tax Journal welcomes the submission of articles that contribute to the analysis, design, and implementation of tax policy, especially those that further the understanding of the Canadian tax system. Submitted articles should draw on original scholarship and clearly advance existing literature on the topic.

The journal publishes only original material. Articles, or any substantial part or version thereof, must not have been previously published, either in print or online, and must not be submitted or scheduled for publication elsewhere.

Peer Review

After an initial assessment by the journal's editors  to ensure that the submitted article falls within the journal's editorial mandate, the article is subject to double-blind review by at least two reviewers, who are drawn from the editorial board and from established experts in the article’s subject matter. The submitted article may then be (1) accepted outright; (2) accepted if recommended revisions are made; (3) revised by the author, as requested by the editors, and then resubmitted for further review; or (4) rejected with reasons.


Manuscripts may be submitted in either English or French.

Method of Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted by e-mail as a Word attachment to the managing editor at [email protected].

Response Time

Initial receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged immediately. In most circumstances, authors will be notified of the publication decision within six weeks.

Manuscript Preparation

Contributors are responsible for submitting detailed abstracts of their manuscripts and for providing complete and accurate citations to reference materials used. Manuscripts accepted for publication are to be prepared in the prescribed format. For details, see the Style and Format Guide .

Because all articles are subject to double-blind review, a separate cover page should accompany each submission. The cover page should include the author's name, e-mail and postal addresses, telephone number, and fax number. Authors should take care not to identify themselves directly or indirectly in their articles.

Policy Forum Contributions

The Policy Forum section includes both articles commissioned by the journal editors and articles proposed by prospective authors. All articles should aim for short and rigorous analysis (3,000 to 5,000 words) and be written for an audience of policy makers, tax practitioners, and students of fiscal and tax policy. Articles may be based on original research, or they may synthesize and apply established research findings to a particular policy context.

Calls for proposals for upcoming Policy Forum sections appear on the Foundation’s website and Twitter feed and are circulated by email. To receive these emails, please contact Production Associate Christine Escalante and ask to have your name added to the mailing list. Proposals will be reviewed by the journal editors, and authors whose proposals are selected will be invited to prepare articles.

All Policy Forum articles are reviewed by the journal's editors prior to publication.