Formatting Guidelines

Your paper can use any format for sections and bibliographies upon initial submission to the Review of Finance. After conditional acceptance, please ensure that your paper adheres to the following guidelines before resubmitting the final manuscript. We have put the instructions in a form that you can delegate to an assistant.


  •         Example: Graham, J. R., Harvey, C. R., and Rajgopal, S. (2005) The economic implications of corporate financial reporting, Journal of Accounting and Economics 40, 3–73.
  •         Use initials rather than first name of authors. If the author has two initials, a space goes between them (e.g. Denis, D. J. rather than Denis, D.J.). For all authors (not just the first author), the initials come after the last name.
  •         A comma separates all authors’ names. An “and” comes before the name of the last author.
  •         There is no comma after the final initial of the final author. The year, in parentheses, immediately follows.
  •         There is no period after the year. Then follows the title of the paper, which is not in quotation marks. Only the first word is capitalized (except for any words that follow a colon)
  •         The title is followed by a comma, and then the journal name in italics
  •         There is no comma after the journal name. Then there is the journal volume, then a comma, and then the page numbers. The page numbers are separated by an “en” dash (–), not a hyphen (-). The full page numbers are given. For example, rather than 256–89, it should be 256–289. A period is after the page numbers.

Citations of papers in the main text

  •         For any paper which contains four authors or more, cite them as “Brown et al.” where Brown is the first author
  •         For any papers that are cited within a phrase in parentheses, the year of the paper does not go in parentheses, a comma comes between the authors’ names and the year, and a semi-colon separates each paper, e.g. “Mergers and acquisitions are often motivated by non-value-maximizing reasons (e.g., Jensen, 1993; Grinstein and Hribar, 2004; Harford and Li, 2007).”


  •         Please ensure that any “minus” numbers within the main text, or in any table, are indicated with an “en” dash (?), not a hyphen (-)
  •         For all section titles, all main words in the title should be capitalized, e.g. “Measuring the CEO Investment Cycle”. For any main sections (e.g. 2), the title should be in bold, and there should be a period after the number, e.g. “2. Analysis”. For sub-sections (e.g. 2.1), the title should not be in bold, and there is no period after the number, e.g. “2.1 First-Best Benchmark”

In the cover letter accompanying the final manuscript, please include one, or at most two, categories that fit your paper. The OUP website will classify all RF papers into categories, so that a reader who wishes to learn more about a category can find other RF papers that do so. This will achieve a similar effect to a special issue, but virtually:

Behavioral corporate finance
Capital structure and dividend policy
Corporate governance
Corporate social responsibility
Executive compensation
Investment and innovation
Investment banking
IPOs and SEOs
Labor and finance
Law and finance
Mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and divestitures
Mutual funds and institutional investors
Security design
Venture capital and private equity

Real effects of financial markets

Empirical banking
Financial regulation
Financial stability and systemic risk
International banking
Theoretical banking

Emerging markets
Exchange rates
International asset pricing
Islamic finance
Latin America

Behavioral asset pricing
Experimental finance
Fixed income and credit risk
Investment strategies and anomalies
Macro finance
Portfolio choice
Theoretical asset pricing

Household finance
Real estate

Financial econometrics
Market microstructure
Real options
Risk management