Accepted Papers

Congratulations! It is time to format your paper per the publisher’s official style requirements, which you can find on the Oxford University Press web site for RFS. For examples of citation and reference style, please see our guide.

Once your paper is formatted, please send a PDF or Word version of your paper to the journal’s Managing Editor. If your paper’s source file is LaTeX, please send a PDF version. If your paper’s source file is Word, please send the Word version; this will make it easier for you to make changes during copy editing. Using a Word file has the advantage that the copy editor’s edits may be accepted directly in the file. A Latex file may be used as long as a PDF of the file can be provided for the copy editor to edit. If you provide a PDF file, the copy editor will mark the edits on the PDF file for you to implement in your Latex file.

The paper will then go to one of the journal’s copy editors. The copy editor will send you a marked-up copy noting required changes. You are responsible for implementing these changes on your files. Your paper will not go into the publication queue until the copy editor approves it!

Once the copy editor approves your paper, you should send your manuscript and source files to the journal’s Managing Editor. Please include all source files (Word, Latex, tables, figures) needed for typesetting, as well as any supplementary materials to be posted online. Please note that the main source file must be Latex or Word.

Supplementary Materials: If you are including supplementary materials to be posted online, please make sure the files are clearly labeled and note these files in your email to the Managing Editor. Please ensure the files you send to the Managing Editor are final. No changes to supplementary material will be allowed once the files are posted to the OUP site. Supplementary materials include online appendices, data, code, slides, teaching notes, videos, etc. We, as editors, encourage you to make good use of this opportunity.

The Managing Editor will then send your files to Oxford University Press for typesetting. Within a few days, you will receive an email from OUP advising you on the next steps of the publication process.

OUP will place the copy edited PDF of the accepted paper on Advance Access with the label “Accepted Manuscript.” After typesetting, you’ll be given the chance to view your paper one final time before publication. When you receive your proofs from Oxford University Press, please ensure you check them thoroughly. Once you return your proofs, OUP will post the Corrected Proof online, at which point your paper is officially published, regardless of its status in a print issue. OUP does not allow changes to Corrected Proofs and the bar for an erratum is high.

LaTeX Style Files

To prepare your files in LaTeX, you may use the files available on our publisher’s web site if you would like to do so. These files are provided by the publisher for use by authors who are fluent in the use of LaTeX. Please note that we are not able to instruct you in how to use the files/how to change LaTeX commands/how to adjust the files/etc. The formatting in the LaTeX files is for accepted papers ONLY; it should not be used for initial submissions to the journal.

RFS Dataverse

Per the RFS Code Sharing Policy, for all papers submitted after July 1, 2020, authors must upload replication code to the RFS Dataverse, unless the editor has approved an exception. The exception must be approved by the editor immediately after initial submission, and a written confirmation has to be forwarded to Authors are responsible for ensuring that their files are usable.

If your files need to be uploaded in a method that retains the original structure, please follow these instructions: You can either compress the files as a .gz or .7zip archive, or place the zip file within another zip file before uploading. Either method will bypass extraction of the files within, and leave the archive as a single file, with the structure inside preserved.

Postprint Policy

Authors are not allowed to post postprint versions of their papers to institutional repositories at any time after publication.

Supplementary Online Material to Augment Published RFS Papers

RFS encourages our authors to post on the RFS Oxford University Press web page any material that they think will help others productively use their published research. By posting additional material such as technical appendices, data sets, parameter estimates, and programs, authors make it easier for others to build on their work.

How to Submit Files

To have your material posted online, send the files to the Managing Editor along with your manuscript files after copy editing has been completed on your accepted submission. The Managing Editor will send the files to our publisher, Oxford University Press, to be posted online with your manuscript. If you are sending a file with data or parameter estimates, please include a readme file that describes what each column of data contains. Please ensure the files you send to the Managing Editor are final. No changes to supplementary material will be allowed once the files are posted to the OUP site.

Fair Use Guidelines

The general public can download and use data, parameter estimates, and code from this web site at no charge. However, users of this material must give proper credit to both the paper that was responsible for its development and this web site.

Sample text:
This paper uses the Smith (2005) database and is publicly available at the Review of Financial Studies’ web page.

Sample reference:
Review of Financial Studies web site,
Smith, J., 2005, “A Paper with Important Data,” Review of Financial Studies, 18(1), 232-245.

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