Finance Journals

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

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.

Journal Title
Accounting and Finance
Algorithmic Finance
Annals of Corporate Governance
Annals of Finance
Applied Financial Economics
Applied (Financial) Economics Letters (nee Applied Financial 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
Engineering Economist
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 Decisions
Financial History
Financial History Review
Financial Management
Financial Markets, Institutions, and Instruments
Financial Markets and Portfolio Management
Financial Review
Financial Services Review
Foundations and Trends in Finance
Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance:  Issues and Practice
Global Finance Journal
Global Review of Accounting, Finance and Economics
International Finance
International Journal of Bonds and Currency Derivatives
International Journal of Business and Finance Research
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 Financial Studies
International Journal of Latest Trends in Finance and Economic Sciences
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 and Experimental Finance
Journal of Behavioral Finance
Journal of Business
Journal of Business and Finance
Journal of Business Finance and Accounting
Journal of Commodity Markets
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 Finance Issues
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 Management, Markets, and Institutions
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, Finance, and Accounting
Journal of Law and Financial Management
Journal of Money, Banking, and Finance
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 Financial Management
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
Managerial Finance
Mathematical Finance
Mathematics and Financial Economics
Municipal Finance Journal
North American Journal of Economics and Finance
Pacific Basin Finance Journal
Qualitative Research in Financial Markets
Quantitative Finance
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:  February 15, 2019