RFS FAQ

Contacting the RFS

Q: I just received a rejection letter that was based on what I believe to be an inaccurate or misleading referee report. Should I call the editor?
A: No. You should read the journal’s Appeals Policy.

Q: I am not sure who to contact about a particular issue.
A: Click on Contact Us for some general guidelines.

Michael Brennan Award

Q: How are the winners selected?
A: The prize winners are chosen by the entire editorial board (which includes our associate editors, as well as the co-editors and the executive editor). Virtually everyone votes in the election, which involves first a nomination stage and then an election amongst the top nominated papers. All votes go through and are only seen by the journal’s Managing Editor. None of those voting for the awards can see any of the submitted ballots or receives information regarding who votes or for what paper.

Q: Which paper won this year? Which was the runner up? What about prior years?
A: This information can be found on our Awards page.

Rising Researcher Prize

Q: How is the winner selected?
A: The editors and executive editor jointly discuss the set of eligible papers. This discussion continues through several rounds until a consensus emerges. There may or may not be a formal vote depending on the degree of disagreement among the editors.

Q: Which paper won this year? What about prior years?
A: This information can be found on our Awards page.

Referee of the Year Award

Q: How is the winner selected?
A: The journal’s Managing Editor produces a report that includes the number of papers reviewed by each referee in the prior year along with the average grade the reviews received. Using this as a starting point, the editors and Executive Editor hold a joint discussion regarding whom to award the prize to. This discussion continues through several rounds until a consensus emerges. There may or may not be a formal vote depending on the degree of disagreement among the editors. Ultimately the Executive Editor can, if he wishes, unilaterally select the award winner. This authority, however, has not been exercised in the recent past.

Q: Who won this year? What about prior years?
A: This information can be found on our Awards page.

Relationship to the Society for Financial Studies

The Society for Financial Studies (SFS) is a California non-profit that owns the RFS. Among other things its officers select the journal’s Executive Editor, vote on proposed changes to the by-laws, and manage the funds related to the journal’s operations. However, all editorial decisions are made by the journal’s editors with the ultimate responsibility lying with its Executive Editor.

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