Optimize your publications

Didier Laussel

Didier Laussel is Professor of Economics at Aix-Marseille School of Economics. He has published  dozens of papers in top economic journals including the American Economic Review with well-known coauthors from US, Canada, Belgium, Portugal and other countries.


He acted very often as referee in these journals  and has been until very recently associate editor of the Journal of Public Economic Theory.


He was the chairman of the economics chapter of the French National University Council (CNU) from 2003 to 2011 and has a very good knowledge of the academic environment in economics both in France and abroad. 

Optimize your publication

Probably every academic economist has made this experience. Between the first draft of a paper and the published version, there is generally a long time and a qualitative leap. Even for widely-recognized economists, this is evidenced by a quick comparison on the net between the working paper and the journal article.  In the meantime, the process of optimizing and polishing a paper is long and random. Once the basic model and ideas put on the paper, one is usually willing to have the opinion of an outside expert. Are the ideas really new and, if yes, how much? Are they consistent? Is the intuition clear, the proofs correct? Does the introduction really sell the paper? Getting colleagues’ opinion for free  is not easy: time is a scarce resource. Presenting new papers to conferences and seminars allows to have some feedback but only partial, often contradictory and not based on careful reading. Submitting the paper to a journal and getting referees’ reports is often the crucial step to a really good paper. But it amounts to take a chance and if there are constructive reports, many are elliptic and purely destructive reports which are useless to the author(s).

Outsidelook-Econ will help you to save time and to be more efficient in the process of optimizing your paper. We propose to find an expert who will read carefully your paper and write a  detailed and constructive report, advising you precisely on the way to write a new version. This includes optimizing your introduction, checking proofs, suggesting intuition and extensions, drawing your attention to related papers you have missed and so on.  


Our offer

We propose the services of tenured senior economists to help you to improve the substance and form of your paper and meet the standards of peer-reviewed international journals. We offer two different help services.


unsubmitted papers

for unsubmitted papers : two levels of services :

a detailed referee report (minimum 2 pages) by a specialist of the field leading to a general appreciation.

a thorough and constructive expert's report (minimum 4 pages) including proof and related literature checking, detailed advice on how to better write the introduction and the rest of the paper, reasoned suggestions of where to submit the paper





We advise to you in detail  how to account for and to reply to the referees' and editor's substantial remarks and criticism, helping you step by step to elaborate the final version of your paper.  




copy editing

copy editing includes language and style checking and proof-reading


Publication pressure is high and the temptation may be great to buy the access to good journals. This is  not what we provide.  We do not guarantee publication for your paper. It is your scientific inputs will ultimately make the success of your work. Our service will help you to bring your work as far as possible.
To avoid any source of quid pro quo, our reviewers will decline refereeing papers they worked on, moreover, all our reviewers will have to quit editorial positions before working for us. 

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Scientific committee


  • Didier Laussel, Professor of Economics, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Aix-Marseille University



  • Bruno Decreuse, Professor of Economics, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Aix-Marseille University.
  • Jean Gabszewicz, Professor of Economics, Université Catholique de Louvain.
  • Victor Ginsburgh, Professor of Economics, ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles.
  • Dominique Henriet, Professor of Economics, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Ecole Centrale Marseille.
  • Denis Péguin, Professor of Economics, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Aix-Marseille University.
  • Antoine Soubeyran, Professor of Economics, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Aix-Marseille University. 
  • Tanguy van Yperselle, Professor of Economics, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Aix-Marseille University.