Submission Guidelines

  1. The Quarterly Journal of Finance accepts submissions for review and possible publication, with the understanding that papers submitted are original work and are not under consideration at any other journal. Upon acceptance of a paper for publication, the authors will sign agreements to transfer the copyright to the Midwest Finance Association, The Quarterly Journal of Finance and the Publisher (World Scientific). Authors will hold the Midwest Finance Association, the Publisher and the Managing Editor harmless against any suit, demand, claim or recovery, finally sustained, by reason of any violation of proprietary right or copyright, or caused by any unlawful matter published in the journal because of the actions of the authors. To submit papers to The Quarterly Journal of Finance please follow the procedures outlined below.
  2. The first page of the paper should include title of the paper and list of authors with their affiliations and email addresses. It should also indicate the name of the corresponding author.
  3. Submit your paper as a pdf file through the following link:
    1. Accepted papers must submit the final version in a .doc or LaTeX format which satisfy the style guidelines described at the end of this document.
  4. Submission fee and mode of payment:
    1. To check applicable submission fee and/or make online payment, please go to:
  5. Upon receipt of the paper and the submission fee, the Editorial Board of the QJF will review the paper to make sure that it meets minimum standards of rigor and presentation, and the topic is of enough broad interest to the potential readership of the journal. If the paper is not deemed to meet the previous criteria, it will be returned to the author after the Editorial Board’s review.
  6. When the Editorial Board decides that the paper meets those standards, the paper will be assigned to referees and the author will be notified that the paper has entered the review process. Once the paper is assigned to referees, submission fees and MFA dues are nonrefundable.



Author Information: Include the following information on the first page of the manuscript: (1) title, (2) author(s), (3) institutional affiliation, (4) address, and (5) telephone number.

Abstract: Include a one-paragraph abstract of no more than 100 words. Do not include references, footnotes, or abbreviations in the abstract.

Keywords: Enclose with each manuscript, on a separate page, from three to five keywords.

Typing Format: Double space with a minimum of 11pt fonts. Margins of at least 1in.

Headings and Subheadings: Use no more than three levels of headings. Begin all headings at the left margin and capitalize the first letter of the first word only. Headings should be numbered as, e.g., 1, 1.3, 2.4.5, etc.

Footnotes: Each footnote should appear at the bottom of the page on which it is cited in the text and should be indicated consecutively with superscript Arabic numerals.

Equations: Number consecutively only those equations that are referenced in the text. Indent equations and place numbers in parentheses at the right margin.

References: List references alphabetically by author's last name at the end of the text of the paper. They can be cited in the text as, e.g., "According to Smith and Jones (1995), ..." or "... (Smith and Jones, 1995)".

Style of References:
Cornett, M. M., and H. Tehranian, 1994, An Examination of Voluntary Versus Involuntary Securities Issuances by Commercial Banks, Journal of Financial, Economics 35, 99-122.

Black, F., M. C. Jensen, and M. Scholes, 1972, The Capital Asset Pricing Model: Some Empirical Tests, in M. C. Jensen (editor), Studies in The Theory of Capital Markets, Praeger Publishers Inc.

Lewellen, J., 2013, The Cross Section of Expected Stock Returns, Working Paper, Dartmouth College.

Tables: Type tables on separate pages after the references. Center the word "Table" followed by an Arabic numeral above the body of the table. Separate headings in a table from the title of the table and from the body of the table with solid lines. Verify that the text contains a reference to each table. When referring to a specific table in the text of the paper, use Table 1, Table 2, etc.

Figures: Figures must appear after the tables. Verify that the text contains a reference to each figure. When referring to specific figures in the text, use Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc. When labeling figures, capitalize the first letter in the word and number with Arabic numerals (e.g., Figure 1). In figure titles, capitalize the first letter of the first word only. When supplying color figures, ensure that there is sufficient contrast to enable clear black and white printing. No figures will be printed in color.