Congratulations on having your paper accepted by the Review of Finance! This page contains all the information you need to prepare for publication.
What happens next
Please compile all of the documents in this checklist:
- A final copy of your manuscript in either Word or LaTeX format, following the formatting guidelines in the next section. The RF uses OUP’s standard LaTeX template, which can be downloaded here
- A final copy of your manuscript in .pdf format
- One or more separate documents containing any figures or tables in their original format
- Data Availability Statement. For more information on this, please consult http://revfin.org/data-availability-policy/. Please provide this as a separate document, rather than including it in your manuscript file, or in the body of the covering email
- A completed Article Information Page. For more information on how to fill this in, see the sections below entitled Categories and Summaries. Please save this with the file name ‘Article Information Page MS [insert manuscript number]’
- if you are including supplementary materials, please provide these in their original formats and make sure the files are clearly labelled. Where you have provided an appendix or appendices, please indicate in your covering email whether these should be to be in-text or supplementary
Once you have compiled these documents, attach them to an email with the subject line ‘Accepted Paper – final documents for MS [insert manuscript number]’ and email them to email@example.com.
Please ensure you have provided all of these documents before sending them to us; any incomplete document files will not be passed on to OUP.
Once we receive a complete set of documents from you, we will pass them on to OUP for copyediting and typesetting. OUP will then be in touch with you in due course, usually within a couple of weeks.
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.
- 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 the 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 semicolon 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 your manuscript does not exceed 60 pages, including in-text appendices, bibliographies, figures and tables. Any appendices that take your manuscript beyond the page limit will have to be published as supplementary online-only appendices.
- If your appendices are over 15 pages (but the entire manuscript is still within the 60 page limit), please consider converting some to supplementary appendices. Please note that your manuscript can have both in-text and supplementary appendices.
- 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 Article Information Page, 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
- Politics and finance
- 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
This section provides further information on the summaries that are requested in the Article Information Page. We understand that some authors may not have the time to prepare these, thus, participation is entirely optional. Your paper will be featured in the EFA emails (described below) regardless, and we will instead include your abstract in the marketing email.
Digests (500-word summary)
These are short summaries of a paper, longer than an abstract (thus allowing authors to describe the contribution of their paper in greater detail) but much shorter than an introduction. Critically, unlike both abstracts and introductions, a Digest can contain a graph or diagram. A picture often tells a thousand words.
The intended audiences of digests are multiple. The most important audience is other academics. Digests are a much faster way to understand the punchline of the paper than a multi-page introduction. A secondary audience is practitioners and the media, who are also more likely to read a digest summary than an academic paper.
We intend to include the digests in the emails that advertise the Review of Finance papers and we will also publish them on our website at http://revfin.org/digests/. The digests will contain the link to the actual paper – they aim to draw attention to your paper and encourage people to read it, rather than being a substitute for doing so.
If you would like a digest to be featured, please include a 500-word summary of your paper in the Article Information Page. 500 words is a strict maximum, not a target; shorter summaries are likely to be more impactful. You may include up to one figure. The figure can be a diagram or a graph, but not a table. Some papers may not have figures, so the figure is optional. If you decide to include a figure, please attach it as a separate document, ensuring the file name makes it clear that it is to be used in your digest (i.e. by using the file name ‘digest figure’ or similar)
Tweets (280-character summary)
These will contain a link to the digest and the figure (if included), and will be used to market the digest. These must be 280 characters or less. Typically, a journal’s marketing department prepares Tweets, but we would like to give authors the option to do so, to ensure that the paper is marketed as they would like.