Maintained by Don Chance
Please do not email me with questions about journal quality. I will not respond to questions about journal quality. This list makes no statements with regard to the quality of any of these journals or any journals on this list.
This list contains all journals that I am aware of that academics in finance would likely use as outlets for their research. It specifically excludes economics journals except where obvious connections to banking or finance are in the title or in the content (e.g., Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking). It also includes some general journals of high quality (e.g., Journal of Business). I have also not included journals in real estate or insurance. No offense is intended, and I may add some of these later. If you know of any finance journals I should add, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many journals have two sites, one maintained by the publisher (dealing more with promotion and subscription issues) and one maintained by the editor. Some of these links are for one type, and some are for the other. Usually you can find either from the other.
Also, some journals include the word "The" as part of their titles, such as The Journal of Finance. Others do not, such as Journal of Financial Economics. I have omitted the word "The" here as I think it is easier to find the journal title without having so many alphabetized with the letter "t."
Before we get started, however, I would like to take this opportunity to express a beef I have with a lot of journals. We all have our complaints about rejections, but my complaint deals with the quality of the service provided by journals. Although I have no empirical evidence, I believe that the quality of the journal is highly correlated with the quality of the service provided by the editor. In other words, the crappier the journal, the poorer the service. Such editors often take the job in the hope that their department chairs and deans will be impressed. Little do the chairs and deans know about the poor quality of the journals and the bad service provided by the editors.
I propose the following code of conduct for journals and their editors.
1. The editor will promptly acknowledge all submissions, with an indication that the article is being reviewed and an estimate of the date given to the referee for expected return of the review. Email makes this easy
2. The editor will strive to find impartial referees. A referee whose own work is highly criticized or praised in the paper should be avoided.
3. The editor will contact the referee with a request for whether the referee would be willing and able to review the paper by a specific date.
4. The editor will stay abreast of the status of each paper. The author should not be required to ask the editor to follow up on a delinquent referee. If the author is willing to wait, the editor will get a new referee if necessary.
5. The editor will discount reviews that stagger in late from delinquent referees. Delinquent referees are already discredited; hence, their opinions are questionable. There may be a few circumstances in which a delinquent referee makes a valid point, but the editor must be absolutely certain that the referee is correct before giving it any weight.
6. The editor will carefully examine referee reports and will not use those that clearly indicate poor effort or hasty preparation.
7. The journal will provide an unbiased appeals process.
8. The editor will be alert to those situations in which the referee appears to have made a conscientious effort but makes no constructive suggestions. Any good editor should be able to recognize destructive suggestions and handle accordingly.
9. Articles accepted for publication will be processed in a manner befitting the significance and timeliness of the findings. The editor will not accept or even consider articles when there is an unusually large backlog unless the author is informed in advance.
10. The editor will contact authors informing them of the expected dates on which they should receive the page proofs. The authors will not receive a surprise package of proofs the day before catching a plane for a 30-day trip to the other side of the world. The author will not be made to feel that failure to return the proofs within 48 hours will result in sacrifice of his or her firstborn child.
11. The editor will disregard the affiliations of authors and referees, especially any significant differential between the quality of the two.
12. The editor will actually pay attention to the comments of referees. If none of the two or more referees recommends rejection of the article, the editor will not reject the article on this pass. If the editor rejects the article in spite of two or more good reviews, then the editor should have sent the paper back to the author (with manuscript fee) before sending it out for review. (This has happened to me twice at the same journal. Notice to "___ ___ ___" (insert journal name), I will not submit any more articles to you nor will I referee for you again.)
13. The editor will take the referee's comment "shorten the paper" with considerable skepticism, recognizing that this is the most frequent comment made by referees who either cannot come up with something substantive to say or are trying to tell the editor "I'm so smart I could see the point in half that much space." Referees who make legitimate criticisms that a paper is too long will point out exactly what sections should be deleted but few do so. While editors must be concerned about excessively long papers, they will recognize that a carefully executed and verifiable study requires that all details be revealed.
14. Another referee comment to be taken with skepticism is any comment that says that something the author did is questionable, doubtful, debatable, or wrong without explaining exactly why the referee feels this way. Referees are prone to making such off-hand remarks without explanation but in that case, the author cannot determine exactly what it is that the referee objects to.
15. The journal will keep files on individuals who have submitted or refereed for the journal. All of the above do not apply when delinquent or careless referees submit their own papers.
If you submit to a journal and find it violating the above rules, do not confront the editor. You will only lose. The editor has power, influence, and knows a lot of other editors. Instead I recommend you (1) do not submit to the journal again and (2) tell all of your colleagues (and doctoral students, if any) of this experience, encouraging them not to submit to the journal.
OK, I've said enough. Here are the journals. (Editors: Do you see yourself in here?)
Also: some of these journals have either stopped operations or have let their links lapse into cyberspace. If you are aware of any correction, please let me know.
|Accounting and Finance|
|Annals of Finance|
|Applied Financial Economics|
|Applied (Financial) Economics Letters (this journal was called Applied Financial Economics Letters but has merged with Applied Economics Letters)|
|Applied Mathematical Finance|
|Asia-Pacific Financial Markets|
|Banks and Bank Systems|
|Corporate Governance: An International Review|
|Critical Finance Review|
|Decisions in Economics and Finance|
|European Finance Review (merged with Review of Finance)|
|European Financial Management|
|European Journal of Finance|
|Finance India - The Quarterly Journal of Finance|
|Finance Research Letters|
|Finance and Stochastics|
|Financial Analysts Journal|
|Financial Markets, Institutions, and Instruments|
|Financial Markets and Portfolio Management|
|Financial Services Review|
|Foundations and Trends in Finance|
|Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance: Issues and Practice|
|Global Finance Journal|
|International Journal of Bonds and Currency Derivatives|
|International Journal of Disclosure and Governance|
|International Journal of Economics and Finance|
|International Journal of Financial Engineering and Risk Management|
|International Journal of Financial Markets and Derivatives|
|International Journal of Finance and Economics|
|International Journal of Managerial Finance|
|International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management|
|International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance|
|International Research Journal of Applied Finance|
|International Review of Economics and Finance|
|International Review of Finance|
|International Review of Financial Analysis|
|Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance|
|Journal of Alternative Investments|
|Journal of Asset Management|
|Journal of Applied Corporate Finance|
|Journal of Applied Finance|
|Journal of Banking and Finance|
|Journal of Banking Regulation|
|Journal of Behavioral Finance|
|Journal of Business|
|Journal of Business Finance and Accounting|
|Journal of Computational Finance|
|Journal of Corporate Finance|
|Journal of Corporate Treasury Management|
|Journal of Credit Risk|
|Journal of Derivatives|
|Journal of Derivatives Accounting|
|Journal of Derivatives & Hedge Funds|
|Journal of Economics and Finance|
|Journal of Economics and Finance Education|
|Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Science|
|Journal of Empirical Finance|
|Journal of Finance|
|Journal of Finance Case Research|
|Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis|
|Journal of Financial and Economic Practice|
|Journal of Financial Econometrics|
|Journal of Financial Economic Policy|
|Journal of Financial Economics|
|Journal of Financial Education|
|Journal of Financial Intermediation|
|Journal of Financial Markets|
|Journal of Financial Perspectives|
|Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance|
|Journal of Financial Research|
|Journal of Financial Services Research|
|Journal of Financial Stability|
|Journal of Fixed Income|
|Journal of Futures Markets|
|Journal of Index Investing|
|Journal of Instructional Techniques in Finance|
|Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting|
|Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions, and Money|
|Journal of International Money and Finance|
|Journal of Investing|
|Journal of Investment Compliance|
|Journal of Investment Consulting|
|Journal of Investment Management|
|Journal of Law and Financial Management|
|Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking|
|Journal of Multinational Financial Management|
|Journal of Operational Risk|
|Journal of Pension Economics and Finance|
|Journal of Performance Measurement|
|Journal of Portfolio Management|
|Journal of Private Equity|
|Journal of Restructuring Finance|
|Journal of Risk|
|Journal of Risk and Insurance|
|Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions|
|Journal of Risk Model Validation|
|Journal of Risk Finance|
|Journal of Structured Finance|
|Journal of Trading|
|Journal of Wealth Management|
|Mathematics and Financial Economics|
|Municipal Finance Journal|
|North American Journal of Economics and Finance|
|Pacific Basin Finance Journal|
|Qualitative Research in Financial Markets|
|Quarterly Journal of Finance|
|Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance|
|Review of Accounting and Finance|
|Review of Asset Pricing Studies|
|Review of Behavioral Finance|
|Review of Corporate Finance Studies|
|Review of Derivatives Research|
|Review of Finance|
|Review of Financial Economics|
|Review of Financial Studies|
|Review of Futures Markets|
|Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting|
|Risk Management and Insurance Review|
|Spanish Review of Financial Economics|
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Last updated: December 3, 2013