International Review of Finance

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Edited By: Henry Cao, Sudipto Dasgupta, Hong Yan, and Ramazan Gençay (Letters Section)

Impact Factor: 1.179

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 34/88 (Business Finance)

Online ISSN: 1468-2443

Author Guidelines

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(1)— Manuscripts must be submitted to the International Review of Finance via ScholarOne Manuscripts

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(2)— 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. Further, authors of accepted papers are prohibited from publishing the results in other publications that appear before the paper is published in the journal unless they receive approval for doing so from Wiley (email:

(3)— All articles should be supplied in electronic form. Word files are preferable but we accept author generated Tex files accompanied by a PDF where this is not possible.

(4)— The journal offers a $10,000 prize to the best paper published in each volume.

(5)— There is a submission fee of $125 for all papers. For information on payment options please click here.

(6)— The cover page shall contain the title of the manuscript, the author’s name and affiliation. This page will be removed before the manuscript is sent to a referee. The first page of text should show the title but NOT the authors’ name.

(7)— Each manuscript should include an abstract of not more than 100 words. The introductory section must have no heading or number. Subsequent headings should be given Roman numerals. Subsection headings should be lettered A, B, C, etc.

(8)— The article should end with a non-technical summary statement of the main conclusions. Lengthy mathematical proofs and very extensive detailed tables should be placed in an appendix or omitted entirely. The author should make every effort to explain the meaning of mathematical proofs.

(9)— Footnotes. The initial footnote, identifying the author by title and affiliation should be marked with an asterisk. Footnotes in the text must be numbered consecutively.

(10)— Tables. Tables should be supplied in an editable format (either as a separate Excel file or in an editable format at the end of the main document) and must be numbered with Arabic numerals. Please check that your text contains a reference to each table and that you indicate within the article where each table is to be placed. Tables must be self-contained, in the sense that the reader must be able to understand them without going back to the text of the paper. Each table must have a title followed by a descriptive legend. Authors must check tables to be sure that the title, column headings, captions, etc are clear and to the point.

(11)— Figures. Figures should be supplied as separate files to the main text, preferably in TIFF, EPS or PDF format, and must be numbered with Arabic numerals. Please check that your text contains a reference to each figure and that you indicate within the article where each figure is to be placed. Each figure must have a title followed by a descriptive legend. As with tables, figures must be self-contained. Lettering and datapoints should be large enough so they can be read with ease when reduced to fit on the journal page. Please see for further information on supplying figures.

(12)— Equations. All but very short mathematical expressions should be displayed on a separate line and centered. Equations must be numbered consecutively on the right margin, using Arabic numerals in parentheses. Use Greek letters only when necessary. To reduce errors in typesetting, please differentiate clearly between the letter l (ell) and the numeral 1 (one), the letter o (oh) and the numeral 0 (zero) with marginal notations. Include the names of any Greek letters you use in the margin, and unequivocally identify sub- and superscripts as such. Do not use a dot over a variable to denote time derivative; only D operator notations are acceptable.

(13)— References. References must be typed on a separate page, double-spaced, at the end of the paper. References to publications in the text should appear as follows: “Jensen and Meckling (1976) report that …”. At the end of the manuscript (before tables and figures), the complete list of references should be listed as follows:

Books: Fitzgibbons, A. (1988), Keynes’s Vision. A new Political Economy. Oxford: Clarendon.

Journal articles: Brown-Collier, E. (1988), ‘The Epistemology Foundations of the General Theory’, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 35, 227–41.

Articles in Books: Gerrard, B. (1992), ‘Beyond the Treatise: Continuity or Change’, in B. Gerrard and J. Hillard (eds), The Philosophy and Economics of J.M. Keynes. London: Edward Elgar.

(14)— Optimising Your Article for Search Engines. Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimising your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.


Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley OnlineOpen.

Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement: FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Note that in signing the journal’s licence agreement authors agree that consent to reproduce figures from another source has been obtained.

OnlineOpen – Wiley’s Open Access Option: OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. Authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

OnlineOpen licenses. Authors choosing OnlineOpen retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms: Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY NC ND). To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

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Wiley’s Author Services

Author Services enables authors to track their article through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The corresponding author will receive a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.


Once the paper has been typeset the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing instructions on how to provide proof corrections to the article. It is therefore essential that a working e-mail address is provided for the corresponding author. Proofs should be corrected carefully; responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before allocation to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found at


A PDF reprint of the article will be supplied free of charge to the corresponding author. Additional printed offprints may be ordered online for a fee. Please click on the following link and fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: If you have queries about offprints please e-mail:


Author Marketing Toolkit

The Wiley Author Marketing Toolkit provides authors with support on how to use social media, publicity, conferences, multimedia, email and the web to promote their article.

Author Guidelines Updated 13 October 2015