How To Submit A Paper

Before beginning your submission to the Review of Finance you must carefully read the information and follow the guidelines on this page. Failure to do so may lead to your paper being desk-rejected. When you have reviewed the information on this page and are ready to submit your manuscript please click here.

Manuscript Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to all manuscripts and registered reports:

  • The font size must be at least 12 points, with at least 1.5 line spacing, 1-inch side margins, and 1.5-inch top/bottom margins
  • The abstract must not exceed 150 words
  • The first (title page) of the manuscript must be numbered page 1. This ensures that the numbers on the printed and electronic versions coincide, making it easier for the review team to provide comments
  • The document must be a PDF file
  • The document must not contain any references to the author(s), either by name, institution, or other distinguishing characteristics
  • The document must not exceed 60 pages. This page limit includes appendices, bibliographies, figures, and tables. Additional material may be included in an Internet Appendix that does not count towards the page limit. However, the paper should be self-contained without the reader needing to read the Internet Appendix. Note that 60 pages is an extreme upper limit, not a target; we encourage authors to make their papers as concise as possible
  • No cover letter is typically necessary
  • After uploading your files and completing the payment form, your submission is not yet complete. You will be redirected from the payment form to the submission system and will need to complete a final confirmation step. If this redirection fails, the submission can be completed by following the provided link to the electronic submission session and selecting the option ‘Previously Interrupted Submission (Paid submission fee but the submission was interrupted)’ as payment type and entering the Transaction ID that is provided during the online payment.
  • If the web submission process does not work for some reason, please email the technical support team at As a last resort, please email your anonymous manuscript and a separate title page (containing the authors’ details) to

Regular Submissions

The fee for a regular submission or resubmission is €300, which is reduced to €250 if the submitting author is a member of the European Finance Association. (The membership application form is available at Please note that proof of membership may be required. If you are unsure whether your membership is current, please contact the EFA at The submission fee is fully refunded if the editorial decision is rendered after more than 100 days. If the paper is desk rejected without an external report, all but €100 of the fee is refunded. Referees are paid €150 plus €100 off a future submission for a report within four weeks.

Fast-Track Submissions

The fast track process guarantees an editorial decision within 14 days, starting from the first business day on which valid payment information has been received from the submitting author. Please select ‘fast track’ as the submission category in Step 2 of the submission process.

The cost of an initial fast track submission is €900. The fast track resubmission fee is €500, although authors also have the option of switching to the regular track upon resubmission.

If the fast track decision deadline is not met, all but €300 of the submission fee (€250 for EFA members) is refunded, so that the net cost is the same as for a regular submission. If the paper is desk rejected without an external report, all but €100 of the fee is refunded. The submission fee is fully refunded if the editorial decision is rendered after more than 100 days.

If the most junior scholar completed their PhD less than four years ago and the paper is either returned for revision or accepted, we will refund the difference between the fast track fee (€900) and the regular submission fee (€250 for EFA members, €300 for non-members). The refund also applies to fast track resubmissions (see Please email the Editorial Managers if you believe this policy applies.  

Please note that the RF may refuse fast track submissions if we have already received many such submissions within a short period. In such cases, the submission will be treated as a regular submission, and the difference in fee refunded.


The Editorial Office aims to process all refunds during the calendar month following the month in which the editorial decision is given. For instance, if the editorial decision is made in January, the refund will usually be processed in February. Please note that this time frame is not guaranteed, and payments may occasionally be delayed.

Refunds are usually processed via PayPal, with funds automatically returned to your original payment account. On occasion, it may be necessary for the Editorial Managers to contact you to arrange a refund by another method.

Please note that if an author wishes to withdraw a manuscript after it has been submitted, but before an external report has been requested, it will be treated the same as if it were desk rejected, and all but €100 of the fee will be refunded. If an author wishes to withdraw a paper after an external report has been requested, no refund will be given.

European authors and institutions

Authors based in the European Union must either add correct VAT information to their submission or confirm they are submitting their paper privately.

A VAT number should be provided in any instance that an author’s university or institution is meeting the cost of their submission, whether by paying the fee directly or through reimbursement. In this case, the contact details (address, postal code, city, country) provided during the submission should be for the university or institution.

If the author is meeting the cost of the submission themselves, they should indicate this by writing ‘private submission’ in the space given for VAT numbers. In this case, the contact details (address, postal code, city, country) provided during the submission should be the author’s personal billing address.

Please note that it is vital that this information is accurate, as without it we are unable to provide invoices that meet with European Union requirements. Any author that fails to provide this information may have to pay additional costs before their manuscript is reviewed. This policy applies to both regular and fast track submissions and resubmissions.

Registered Reports

We recognize that collecting new data or doing research in an unexplored field can be particularly time-consuming, and that authors may be unwilling to do this given that a paper is only typically publishable if it finds significant results. We invite submissions of ‘registered reports’ (also as suggested by Harvey (2017)). These are detailed proposals, similar to the front-end of a regular paper providing economic motivation and methodology. The report is assigned to an editor, who reviews it, perhaps in conjunction with other members of the Editorial Board. If the proposal is given the green light, this means that the editor considers the proposal interesting enough to publish, even if the results are insignificant. Again, the eventual paper will still have to be refereed, and there is no publication guarantee. However, the authors have the assurance that the Editor is sufficiently supportive of the topic that he/she will overrule any concerns on insignificant results, and that the same editor will handle the paper when eventually submitted.

The submission fee for a registered report is €100. The submission fee is refunded in full if the proposal is accepted. To submit a registered report, please select “Registered Report” as the submission category in Step 2 of the submission process.