Submission Fees and Refunds

Pricing Structure

Submission TypeSubmission feeRefund for desk rejectionRefund for decision over 14 daysRefund for decision over 120 days
Regular€350.00€150.00N/A€175.00
Regular – resubmission€350.00N/AN/ANone
Regular, EFA member€300.00€100.00N/A€150.00
Regular, EFA member – resubmission€300.00N/AN/A€150.00
Fast track€900.00€600.00€550.00€725.00
Fast track- resubmission€500.00N/A€150.00€325.00
For more information on these our submission fee and refund policies, please see the relevant section below.

Regular Submissions

The regualr submission fee is reduced if the submitting author is a member of the European Finance Association for the present year. Please note that the submitting author cannot be changed after manuscript submission has been finalised. The EFA membership application form is available at http://european-finance.org. Please note that proof of membership may be required. If you have any questions about EFA membership, please contact the EFA Executive Secretary for further information by emailing [email protected].

The clock for refunds starts from the day that the submission is moved out of the holding tank and assigned to an Editor (which may be up to a couple of days after the submission is received) or the date that full payment is confirmed – whichever is later. This is usually consistent with the link sent by Editorial Express that allows authors to check the status of the submission – this link counts the number of days from assignment to an Editor, and is correct unless the full submission fee payment was only confirmed after manuscript was moved out of the holding tank.


Fast-Track Submissions

For manuscripts submitted under the fast track option, we aim to make an editorial decision within 14 days. Again, the clock starts from the day that the submission is moved out of the holding tank and assigned to an Editor (which may be up to a couple of days after the submission is received). This is usually consistent with the link sent by Editorial Express that allows authors to check the status of the submission – this link counts the number of days from assignment to an Editor, and is correct unless the full submission fee payment was only confirmed after manuscript was moved out of the holding tank.

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 and the regular submission fee. The refund also applies to fast track resubmissions (see http://revfin.org/fast-track-refunds-to-junior-scholars/). 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.


Registered Reports

We recognise 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, but should be no longer than that. 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.

We reiterate that Registered Reports are only applicable for research in a nascent field of research. The bar for a green light is high as it signals strong interest in the paper regardless of what the results end up being. 

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 use the same submission link as for manuscripts. When you reach Step 2, select “New Submission” as the submission type, and then on the second page of Step 2 select “Registered Report” as the submission category. Then complete the rest of the process as usual.


Refunds

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.

If you paid your submission fee using Editorial Express credits, your refund will take the form of credit being added to your account. If you submission fee was part-paid using credits on Editorial Express, and part-paid in cash, the amount you paid in cash will be first refunded, and the any residual refund amount due will be added to your Editorial Express account.

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. If an author wishes to withdraw a paper after an external report has been requested, no refund will be given.


European Union 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 our regulatory 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. 

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