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Best Practices

Helpful Guides for Professional Best Practices

Joint Editorials

Editors’ Joint Policy Statement Regarding “Coercive Citations” by the editors of JF, JFQA, JFE, RAPS, RCFS, and RFS

Joint Editorial: Advice for Authors (2013) by David Hirshleifer, G. William Schwert, and Kenneth J. Singleton. Review of Financial Studies, Volume 26, Issue 11, November 2013, Pages 2685–2686,

Joint Editorial: Advice for Authors (2002) by Richard Green, Maureen O’Hara, and G. William Schwert. Review of Financial Studies, 15:iii–iv


Articles and Presentations

Video: Journal Editors Discuss Policy Considerations in the Editorial Process. Discussion by Itay Goldstein, Campbell R. Harvey (moderator), Christian Leuz, and Joao Santos at the PhD Student Symposium, Salem Center for Policy, McCombs School of Business, on August 12, 2020.

Have Instrumental Variables Brought Us Closer to Truth? by Wei Jiang. Keynote address at the 2015 SFS Cavalcade.

Preparing a Referee Report: Guidelines and Perspectives by Jonathan B. Berk, Campbell R. Harvey, and David Hirshleifer. This report was presented to the board of directors of the American Finance Association and received its support in January 2015.

Tips on Writing a Referee’s Report by Wayne Ferson and John Matsusaka

Writing Tips for Ph.D. Students by John H. Cochrane

Some Do’s and Don’ts on Presenting Papers at Finance Conferences and Beyond by Andrew Karolyi. Presented at the October 2014 Financial Management Association’s Assistant Professors breakfast meeting.

Referee Recommendations by Ivo Welch. Review of Financial Studies. Review of Financial Studies, Volume 27, Issue 9, September 2014, Pages 2773–2804,

Reviewing Less—Progressing More by Matthew Spiegel. Review of Financial Studies, Volume 25, Issue 5, May 2012, Pages 1331–1338,

Refereeing Ever More—Progressing Ever Less by Matthew Spiegel. Based on his presentation at SFS Cavalcade North America 2017.

Cosmetic Surgery in the Academic Review Process by David Hirshleifer. Review of Financial Studies, Volume 28, Issue 3, March 2015, Pages 637–649,