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Dual Submission Policy

The Society for Financial Studies encourages authors to use the dual submission option for early drafts of their work. To make this a more attractive option, having a paper rejected while under the dual review procedure is not considered a rejection by any SFS journal! Authors remain free to submit their papers to the SFS journals through the standard review channels, should they wish to do so. Authors of papers that are reviewed under the dual submission process will receive a copy of the journal’s referee report(s) if the editor requests one.

Rules for Dual Submission

1. You must indicate with your submission to the conference that you also want to submit your paper to the sponsoring SFS journal under the dual review process.

2. Dual submissions will first be reviewed by the conference program committee and will be made available for consideration to the sponsoring SFS journal at no charge.

3.  Papers submitted for dual consideration at an SFS journal must not be under review at that journal as a regular submission nor at any another journal until the dual submission process ends with a notification from the sponsoring SFS journal. Papers cannot be submitted for dual consideration at an SFS journal if they are simultaneously under dual consideration at another SFS journal. If a paper is no longer under review at one SFS journal, whether through the dual submission or regular process, it can be submitted to another SFS journal either through the dual review system or regular process. If a paper has been submitted for dual consideration at an SFS journal, it cannot be considered for dual consideration at that same SFS journal associated with another conference sponsored by the dual review system.

4. At the discretion of the sponsoring SFS journal, dual submissions will be sent out for a formal referee report. If such a report is sought, then the paper’s author will receive a copy of the reviewer’s report.

5. Authors of a “rejected” dual submission paper are permitted to submit a future version of their paper to the sponsoring SFS journal without prejudice through the normal submission process. The paper may not be submitted again through dual submission at the same SFS journal.

6. A manuscript submitted to an SFS journal via the dual-review system will be evaluated on the understanding that it is new and does not incorporate nontrivially material from a paper that was previously rejected by the same SFS journal, or previously considered under the dual-review system associated with another conference sponsored by the same SFS journal, or that is either accepted or at any stage of review at any SFS or other journal, without first obtaining permission to do so from the SFS journal’s editor sponsoring the dual-review conference or its Executive Editor. A paper that has been rejected from the normal submission process at the journal cannot be submitted as a dual submission to the same journal. We check new dual-review submissions against older ones to enforce this policy. Failure to obtain permission prior to doing so may result in sanctions for you and your co-authors. If in doubt, ask.

Dual Submission FAQ

Q: Would I receive a resubmit/rejection/acceptance decision in more or less time if I submitted my paper directly to the sponsoring SFS journal?

A: Sending your paper directly to the journal would produce a resubmit/rejection/acceptance decision in less time.

Q: Why does it take so long to receive an answer under the dual submission process?

A: Because the sponsoring SFS journal first has to wait for the conference reviews. If the additional delay is too much for you to bear, then you should send your paper directly to the journal using the normal submission process.

Q: If I use the dual submission option will I receive a report of some sort from the sponsoring SFS journal?

A: Not necessarily. If after looking over the conference reviews the journal does not go forward with your paper, you will not receive a report of any sort.

Q: As I read the dual submission rules, if my paper is rejected at any point under this process I can still submit it to the sponsoring SFS journal and have it reviewed via the normal process. There must be a catch. You cannot really mean that!

A: Well, actually it is what we mean! There is no catch. If your paper is rejected under the dual submission process (at any point in time), then you are free to submit it, unchanged if you like, to the journal via the standard submission process.

Q: For a typical conference, how many dual submissions are there and how many go out for a formal review?

A: In the past, SFS journals have received roughly 10 to 170 papers per conference under the dual submission process. Of these papers, generally about 10% to 20% are sent out for a formal review. When using the dual submission option be careful! Every year several authors forget to check the dual submission box on the web page when they submit their paper to the conference.

Q: If my dual submission paper is invited to be submitted to the journal, is there a submission fee?

A: The submission fee to the first round of journal submission is waived. If there are subsequent rounds of journal submission, the standard submission fee will be required. The purpose of this submission fee is to cover the cost of the referee fee.