Welcome to the RFS system for new submissions, resubmissions, and appeals.
Is this an initial submission? If so, it is VITAL to read the Guidelines for Initial Submissions. In particular, ensure your abstract is 100 words or less. Prior to starting the submission process you might also want to look over the sample PDF files. We strongly suggest that you also read the Review Policy before submitting.
Are you eligible for the Rising Scholar Award? To find out, please read the rules here. If you are eligible, select Rising Scholar Award as your Category of Submission in Step 2.
When submitting your paper, please suggest a possible editor for your submission in the provided space in the system. We take author suggestions into account, but we are not always be able to accommodate them. Assignments of submissions to editors depend on several additional factors, including editorial workloads, expertise, and conflicts of interest. If you are submitting a resubmission and your previous editor is not in the drop down list, you may select the Executive Editor, and the resubmission will be assigned to the original editor if possible, or reassigned if necessary.
Note: For new submissions, please do not select an Editor who has completed his/her term. You can view terms on our Editorial Team page. 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.
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.
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.
In general, the 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 the RFS.
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.