Submit a Paper

Welcome to the RFS system for new submissions, resubmissions, and appeals.

Initial Submissions
Please read the Guidelines for Initial Submissions and view the sample PDF files. We strongly suggest that you read the Review Policy and the Submission Fees page before submitting. 

NOTE: The abstract on your manuscript must be 100 words or fewer. The file must be double-spaced with no more than 28 lines per page. If your submission does not match these guidelines, it will be returned to you for correction.

Select an Editor
The submission system will ask you to suggest a possible editor for your submission. We take author suggestions into account, but are not always able to accommodate them. Assignments to editors depend on several factors, including editorial workloads, expertise, and conflicts of interest. For new submissions, please do not select an Editor who has completed his/her term. For resubmissions, if your original editor has completed his/her term, you may select his/her name for one year after the end of the term. If the editor is unable to handle the resubmission, it will be reassigned. If your previous editor is not in the list, you may select the Executive Editor and the resubmission will be assigned to the original editor if possible, or reassigned if necessary.

Rising Scholar Award
To determine if you are eligible for consideration for the Rising Scholar Award, please read the rules. If you are eligible, you may select Rising Scholar Award as your Category of Submission in Step 2.

Dual Submissions
If you submitted your paper to a conference and requested dual submission with RFS, you should NOT submit your paper here at the same time. The conference will send the dual submissions to the RFS sponsoring Editor. If the Editor invites your paper to continue the dual submission process with RFS, you will receive an email instructing you to upload your paper here at that time. If you have any questions, please contact the Managing Editor before submitting your paper.

SFS Journals
The RFS, RAPS, and RCFS are three independent journals.  Submissions to any one journal are considered without regard to previous decisions at other SFS journals, and information about past decisions on papers is not shared across the journals without author permission.

Conference Proceedings
In general, RFS does not consider papers that were previously published in conference proceedings, unless the proceedings publication is of abstracts or drastically condensed summaries. There is no conflict between submitting to RFS and to a conference, unless submitting to the conference is simultaneously a submission for publication. There is also no conflict with publishing an abstract of one page or less, e.g., in conference proceedings. In the event that your prior publication is longer, it is crucial to alert us and inquire before submitting your paper to RFS.

Working Papers
In general, it is fine to submit working papers that have been posted on your personal web site, your institution’s web site, SSRN, or a similar site, as long as the submission does not conflict with our other guidelines. If in doubt, please check with us before submitting.

The copyright to a dissertation or thesis typically belongs to the PhD student. Most thesis and dissertation guides have a copyright page in which it is so indicated. Some students officially register for copyright through the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress. Some students do so using ProQuest/UMI, which involves a financial payment. There are benefits and costs to doing so. Most scholarly publications, like the Review of Financial Studies, ask the copyright to be transferred to the publisher when you sign a publishing agreement upon acceptance of the manuscript. None of this information represents a substitute for the legal advice of qualified attorneys.

IMPORTANT: Manuscripts are evaluated by the Review of Financial Studies on the understanding that they have been submitted solely to it and that they have not been previously published or previously accepted for publication either in whole or in part. This includes publication, in whole or in part, in practitioner-oriented outlets. If you need clarification of this policy, please contact the Executive Editor.

Once your paper has been successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and a manuscript number. If you do not receive an e-mail in response to your submission, it did not enter the system properly. Often this is because the final “submit” button was not clicked. Return to your submission by using the link in the email you received when you began your submission.

If you have any problems with the system, please do not hesitate to contact the editorial office.


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