Submission Requirements

All papers are subject to the JF’s Submission Guidelines and Policies and Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy. Any authors who do not agree to the foregoing policies should not submit their papers to the JF.

To avoid processing delays, please read and follow the submission requirements carefully:

  1. You must acknowledge in a cover letter that all authors have read and agree to the JF’s Submission Guidelines and Policies and Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy.
  2. You must provide a conflict-of-interest disclosure statement and place it following the title page of their submissions--not in a separate file. If the paper involves co-authors, each co-author must submit a separate disclosure statement. Note: The disclosure statement should be included even if the authors have nothing to disclose; this fact should be explicitly stated (e.g., "I have nothing to disclose"). The disclosure statement will be available to referees. The statement pages do not count toward the 60-page limit.
  3. All papers must be in PDF format and submitted electronically.
  4. Refereeing at the Journal of Finance (JF) is single-blind. The first page of your paper should be a title page containing the title of the manuscript, the names of the authors, and an abstract of not more than 100 words.
  5. Your manuscript must not exceed 60 pages in length (with 1.5 line spacing, 12-point font, 1-inch side margins, and 1.5-inch top/bottom margins).
  6. See below for additional submission guidelines.

When you have followed all the submission requirements above, you can submit a new paper to the Journal of Finance by clicking here. Revisions must conform to the same requirements. To submit a revision, click here and select "Resubmission" in Step 2.

Note: authors submitting in response to a "revise and resubmit" or “reject and resubmit” decision by Cam Harvey should contact Wendy Washburn at for assistance.

Fees for submission are:

High-Income Economies. AFA Members: $200, Non-Members: $250
Middle-Income Economies. AFA Members: $100, Non-Members: $150
Low-Income Economies. No Submission Fee
Click here for lists of economies by income level.
Submission fees will be paid via credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) as part of the submission procedure.

Return/Refund Policy: The submission fee will be refunded if the editorial decision on a submission is rendered more than 100 days after the receipt of the submission by the editorial office. This refund policy applies only to a manuscript's first submission.

New Section in Journal: Replications and Corrigenda 

As part of our ongoing effort to expand professional dialogue about papers published in the Journal of Finance, we are introducing a new, periodic section of the Journal for “Replications and Corrigenda.” Read more.

Advice for Authors and Formatting Guidelines

A Joint Editorial has been written by David Hirshleifer, G. William Schwert, and Kenneth J. Singleton (Editors, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, and Journal of Finance), and can be viewed here.

The Journal of Finance allows authors to appeal rejected submissions, but now charges $500. Click here for our new appeal policy and instructions for submitting. Click here to submit an appeal.

Submission Guidelines

  1. All submitted manuscripts must be original work that is not under submission at another journal or under consideration for publication in another form, such as a monograph or chapter of a book. Authors of submitted papers are obligated not to submit their paper for publication elsewhere until an editorial decision is rendered on their submission.
  2. A resubmission of a manuscript that was previously rejected by the Journal of Finance will be immediately desk rejected.
  3. All manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format and must not exceed 60 pages in length, with 1.5 line spacing, 12-point font, 1-inch side margins, and 1.5-inch top/bottom margins. This page limit includes internal appendices, reference lists, figures, and tables. Papers exceeding this page limit will be immediately desk-rejected. Additional material may be included in an Internet Appendix, uploaded separately. However, the paper must be self-contained so that readers can understand the study in its entirety without having to rely on any separate material.
  4. Footnotes should appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced (that is, they should not be endnotes that appear at the end of the document).
  5. Tables and figures can appear either embedded or at the end of the manuscript. Please ensure that all variables and graphs are clearly labelled and easily understood.
  6. All but very short mathematical expressions should be displayed on a separate line. Equations should be numbered consecutively on the right margin.
  7. The introductory section should emphasize the incremental contributions of your research. Citations should be kept to the minimum required to clarify and highlight your contributions. The article should end with a brief nontechnical summary statement of the main conclusions.Submissions can include an Internet Appendix, which might include extra tables, extra figures, data description, and proofs.
  8. If your paper uses proprietary data (that is not available for purchase by the academic community) and is accepted for publication, your final submission must be accompanied by an authorization letter showing that the source of the data approves its use in a JF publication.

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