December 21, 2007:
The RFS now has the reviews from the Utah Winter Finance Conference. Our goal is to send out decisions on whether we will or will not seek out a referee’s report by January 4. Remember that if a paper is rejected at any point under the dual review system the author can still submit it through the standard channel.
October 17, 2007:
About nine days ago our credit card processing service changed the way they handle orders. Unfortunately, that change made it impossible to submit papers and pay for them with a credit card. We believe the problem has been rectified. Based on our tests the web page should once again accept credit cards. If you do run into a problem please let us know immediately. The editorial office does not typically submit papers nor attempt to pay a submission fee very often! We rely on our authors to alert us to any problems that we may be having. So, we want to both apologize to anybody that ran into problems with their payments and to thank all of those that brought the problem to our attention.
October 3, 2007:
Publication Queues and Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy: The current policy of the RFS is to publish as many articles as possible that were submitted while Professor Maureen O’Hara was the executive editor prior to publishing papers submitted since then. To date that has meant that nearly every published article since July 1, 2005 (when the executive editorship changed hands) has been one that was submitted prior to then. (Actually, 100% of the published papers should have been from those submitted prior to July 2005 except for an error or two on the part of the RFS‘s editorial office.) The journal’s current executive editor Matthew Spiegel has one paper in the current issue and another that will appear in the near future. Both papers were submitted while Professor O’Hara was the executive editor. The RFS COI policy states that the journal’s current executive editor cannot submit articles to the journal. This policy has been honored and there are no plans to change it. We expect that the first issue consisting primarily of papers submitted since Professor Spiegel became the journal’s executive editor to come out early next year.
August 23, 2007:
The RFS wishes to thank our retiring associate editors for their service to the journal: Michael Lemon, Martin Lettau, Christine Parlour, Jun Pan, and Dimitri Vayanos. At the same time we are pleased to welcome in our new associate editors to the start of their three year terms: Malcolm Baker, Greg Duffee, Alexander Ljungqvist, Murillo Campello, Stefan Nagel, and Tony Bernardo.
August 9, 2007:
The RFS welcomes Christopher Schwarz who, starting today, is taking over the journal’s post-doctoral position. We all look forward to working with him. At the same time we bid farewell to Gitit Gur Gershgoren to who we wish nothing but success in her future endeavors.
Have you changed your affiliation lately? If so please send Tricia Cushing your new mailing address. Why? Her address file determines where checks are sent! So if you want to get paid for your services to the RFS then make sure she knows where the check should go.
July 10, 2007:
Congratulations to Patrick Bolton and Xavier Freixas winners of the best paper award, and to the runner-ups Michael Faulkender and Mitchell A. Petersen. Congratulations also go to Amir Sufi the winner of this year’s Young Researcher Prize. Last but not least the RFS congratulates Gurdip Bakshi this year’s referee of the year award winner. For additional details click on “About the RFS” in the nav bar and then on awards.
July 4, 2007:
The RFS post-doctoral position will be available for the 2007-2008 academic year. The post-doctoral position comes with the title Advisory Editor and is available for up to two years. The advisory editor helps the journal’s editors find referees for nearly every new submission. The pay is commensurate with other post-doctoral positions at universities (i.e. better than a typical Ph.D. student’s stipend, but not as good as an assistant professor’s salary). Teaching is neither required nor expected. If you have any additional questions you should contact Matthew Spiegel. Interested applicants should send a copy of their vita to Tricia Cushing along with the names of three references we can contact.
May 16, 2007:
Both ballot proposals have passed (see the March 19 news announcement). The Society for Financial Studies extends its gratitude to everyone that voted.
May 11, 2007:
A proposal by Matthew Spiegel to increase the number of journals run by the Society for Financial Studies has been posted in the forum. Please take a look and post your own comments! If you want the SFS to help improve the profession help us by telling us what you think.
March 27, 2007:
See the forum for a note regarding what the compensation ballot proposal will mean for the Executive Editor. Answer: nothing as he will be grandfathered in under the old rules which prohibit any compensation. It will only impact the next Executive Editor.
March 19, 2007:
The latest issue of the RFS includes two ballot proposals. Ballots are printed on both sides. The proposals were first announced in a August 16, 2006 news item. (Click on News Archive in the navigation bar to the left to see the original post.) The first proposal allows the society to compensate the journal’s editors. The second creates a formula for automatically increasing the number of editors as the submission flow increases. The above links will direct you to a page with additional details. Members of the Society for Financial Studies (anybody that either subscribes to the journal or has submitted an article in the past year is a member) are encouraged to vote on these proposals and to discuss them in the journal’s forum.
March 12, 2007:
The RFS post-doctoral position may be available for the 2007-2008 academic year. The post-doctoral position comes with the title Advisory Editor and is available for up to two years starting on July 1. The advisory editor helps the journal’s editors find referees for nearly every new submission. The pay is awful (although better than a typical Ph.D. student’s stipend) and the office space that comes with the job is nothing to write home about either. If you have any additional questions you should either contact Matthew Spiegel. Interested applicants should send a copy of their vita to Tricia Cushing along with the names of three references we can contact.
February 19, 2007:
The RFS is pleased to announce the initiation of the Young Researcher Prize sponsored by JPMorgan! The prize carries an award of $20,000. Click on the link for additional details. Papers submitted in 2006 are eligible for this year’s prize. If you submitted a paper in 2006 and meet the prize’s criteria please let us know! Your paper does not need to have been accepted for publication to be eligible.
January 12, 2007:
Starting today submissions must use an 11 point or larger typeface for the main body of the text. Each of the journal’s editors have to read over a hundred papers per year. Submissions in a small typeface make that job even more difficult. Please help us out here. There is no cost to our authors and a large benefit to the editors and our referees. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
January 10, 2007:
The RFS is pleased to announce that Editor Tobias Moskowitz has won the Fischer Black prize for the best financial economist under 40! Our congratulations to him on this well deserved honor.
Of far less importance: Starting this month our readers will find a somewhat thinner version of the RFS in their mailboxes. However, since the journal is moving to a bi-monthly publication schedule the total number of articles published per annum will not drop.