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(2)— All submitted manuscripts must be original work that is not under submission at another journal or under consideration for publication in another form, such as a monograph or chapter of a book. Authors of submitted papers are obligated not to submit their paper for publication elsewhere until an editorial decision is rendered on their submission. Further, authors of accepted papers are prohibited from publishing the results in other publications that appear before the paper is published in the journal unless they receive approval for doing so from Wiley (email: PermissionsUK@wiley.com).
(3)— All articles should be supplied in electronic form. Word files are preferable but we accept author generated Tex files accompanied by a PDF where this is not possible.
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(6)— The cover page shall contain the title of the manuscript, the author’s name and affiliation. This page will be removed before the manuscript is sent to a referee. The first page of text should show the title but NOT the authors’ name.
(7)— Each manuscript should include an abstract of not more than 100 words. The introductory section must have no heading or number. Subsequent headings should be given Roman numerals. Subsection headings should be lettered A, B, C, etc.
(8)— The article should end with a non-technical summary statement of the main conclusions. Lengthy mathematical proofs and very extensive detailed tables should be placed in an appendix or omitted entirely. The author should make every effort to explain the meaning of mathematical proofs.
(9)— Footnotes. The initial footnote, identifying the author by title and affiliation should be marked with an asterisk. Footnotes in the text must be numbered consecutively.
(10)— Tables. Tables should be supplied in an editable format (either as a separate Excel file or in an editable format at the end of the main document) and must be numbered with Arabic numerals. Please check that your text contains a reference to each table and that you indicate within the article where each table is to be placed. Tables must be self-contained, in the sense that the reader must be able to understand them without going back to the text of the paper. Each table must have a title followed by a descriptive legend. Authors must check tables to be sure that the title, column headings, captions, etc are clear and to the point.
(11)— Figures. Figures should be supplied as separate files to the main text, preferably in TIFF, EPS or PDF format, and must be numbered with Arabic numerals. Please check that your text contains a reference to each figure and that you indicate within the article where each figure is to be placed. Each figure must have a title followed by a descriptive legend. As with tables, figures must be self-contained. Lettering and datapoints should be large enough so they can be read with ease when reduced to fit on the journal page. Please see http://authorservices.wiley.com/prep_illust.asp for further information on supplying figures.
(12)— Equations. All but very short mathematical expressions should be displayed on a separate line and centered. Equations must be numbered consecutively on the right margin, using Arabic numerals in parentheses. Use Greek letters only when necessary. To reduce errors in typesetting, please differentiate clearly between the letter l (ell) and the numeral 1 (one), the letter o (oh) and the numeral 0 (zero) with marginal notations. Include the names of any Greek letters you use in the margin, and unequivocally identify sub- and superscripts as such. Do not use a dot over a variable to denote time derivative; only D operator notations are acceptable.
(13)— References. References must be typed on a separate page, double-spaced, at the end of the paper. References to publications in the text should appear as follows: “Jensen and Meckling (1976) report that …”. At the end of the manuscript (before tables and figures), the complete list of references should be listed as follows:
Books: Fitzgibbons, A. (1988), Keynes’s Vision. A new Political Economy. Oxford: Clarendon.
Journal articles: Brown-Collier, E. (1988), ‘The Epistemology Foundations of the General Theory’, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 35, 227–41.
Articles in Books: Gerrard, B. (1992), ‘Beyond the Treatise: Continuity or Change’, in B. Gerrard and J. Hillard (eds), The Philosophy and Economics of J.M. Keynes. London: Edward Elgar.
(14)— Optimising Your Article for Search Engines. Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimising your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.
COPYRIGHT, LICENSING AND ONLINE OPEN
Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.
Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley OnlineOpen.
Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement: FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.
Note that in signing the journal’s licence agreement authors agree that consent to reproduce figures from another source has been obtained.
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PUBLICATION PROCESS AFTER ACCEPTANCE
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Once the paper has been typeset the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing instructions on how to provide proof corrections to the article. It is therefore essential that a working e-mail address is provided for the corresponding author. Proofs should be corrected carefully; responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author.
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Author Guidelines Updated 13 October 2015
Thank you for your interest in the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting. Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.
Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jbfa.
The submission system will prompt you to use an ORCID iD (a unique author identifier) to help distinguish your work from that of other researchers. Click here to find out more.
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For help with submissions, please contact: JBFAedoffice@wiley.com.
We look forward to your submission.
A submission fee of 200 US dollars is required, to be paid by credit or debit card (via PayPal) as part of the online submission process. After submitting your article, you will receive an email with instructions and a link to the PayPal site. Please email the Editors on email@example.com once you have made the payment, quoting the JBFA manuscript number, together with the name and email address of the person making the payment to PayPal. An electronic receipt will be emailed to the author(s) on completion of the electronic submission process and payment of the submission fee.
2. AIMS AND SCOPE
The Journal of Business Finance and Accounting exists to publish high quality research papers in accounting, corporate finance, corporate governance and their interfaces. The interfaces are relevant in many areas such as financial reporting and communication, valuation, financial performance measurement and managerial reward and control structures. A feature of JBFA is that it recognizes that informational problems are pervasive in financial markets and business organizations, and that accounting plays an important role in resolving such problems.
JBFA welcomes both theoretical and empirical contributions. Nonetheless, theoretical papers should yield novel testable implications, and empirical papers should be theoretically well-motivated. The Editors view accounting and finance as being closely related to economics and, as a consequence, papers submitted will often have theoretical motivations that are grounded in economics. JBFA, however, also seeks papers that complement economics-based theorizing with theoretical developments originating in other social science disciplines or traditions.
While many papers in JBFA use econometric or related empirical methods, the Editors also welcome contributions that use other empirical research methods.
Although the scope of JBFA is broad, it is not a suitable outlet for highly abstract mathematical papers, or empirical papers with inadequate theoretical motivation. Also, papers that study asset pricing, or the operations of financial markets, should have direct implications for one or more of preparers, regulators, users of financial statements, and corporate financial decision makers, or at least should have implications for the development of future research relevant to such users.
3. MANUSCRIPT CATEGORIES AND REQUIREMENTS
Acceptable file formats for submission are Microsoft Word or TeX formats. TeX submissions should be accompanied by a PDF version.
4. PREPARING YOUR SUBMISSION
Parts of the Manuscript
The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file.
The title page should contain:
(ii) full names of the authors;
(iii) authors’ institutional affiliations at which the work was carried out;
Please refer to the journal’s authorship policy in the Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations section for details on eligibility for author listing.
Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section. Financial and material support should also be mentioned. Thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.
Conflict of Interest Statement
You will be asked to provide a conflict of interest statement during the submission process. See the section ‘Conflict of Interest’ in the Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations section for details on what to include in this section. Please ensure you liaise with all co-authors to confirm agreement with the final statement.
As papers are double-blind peer reviewed the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.
The main text file should be presented in the following order: (i) title, abstract and key words, (ii) main text, (iii) appendices, (iv) references, (v) figures and tables
Please provide an abstract of no more than 250 words containing the major keywords.
Please provide ten keywords and JEL codes.
• As noted above, as papers are double-blind peer reviewed the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.
• Endnotes to the text should be kept to a minimum or please incorporate such material into the text as parenthetical matter.
References should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). This means in text citations should follow the author-date method whereby the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998). The complete reference list should appear alphabetically by name at the end of the paper.
A sample of the most common entries in reference lists appears below. For more information about APA referencing style, please refer to the APA FAQ. Note that for journal articles, issue numbers are not included unless each issue in the volume begins with page one, and a DOI should be provided for all references where available.
Beers, S. R., & De Bellis, M. D. (2002). Neuropsychological function in children with maltreatment-related posttraumatic stress disorder. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 159, 483–486. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.159.3.483
Bradley-Johnson, S. (1994). Psychoeducational assessment of students who are visually impaired or blind: Infancy through high school (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-ed.
Norton, R. (2006, November 4). How to train a cat to operate a light switch [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vja83KLQXZs
Footnotes should be placed as a list at the end of the paper only, not at the foot of each page. They should be numbered in the list and referred to in the text with consecutive, superscript Arabic numerals. Keep footnotes brief: they should contain only short comments tangential to the main argument of the paper and should not include references.
Tables should be self-contained and complement, not duplicate, information contained in the text. They should be supplied as editable files, not pasted as images. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend, and any notes must be understandable without reference to the text. Abbreviations should be defined in a general note, designated by the word Note (italicized) followed by a period. Specific footnotes should be indicated for each table by superscript lowercase letters (e.g. a, b, c), while *, **, *** should be reserved for defining p values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.
Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.
Although we encourage authors to send us the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes we are happy to accept a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions.
Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements.
Please include any figures at the end of the paper.
Figures submitted in colour may be reproduced in colour online free of charge. Please note, however, that it is preferable that line figures (e.g. graphs and charts) are supplied in black and white so that they are legible if printed by a reader in black and white. If you wish to have figures printed in colour in hard copies of the journal, a fee will be charged by the Publisher.
Appendices will be published after the references. For submission they should be supplied as separate files but referred to in the text.
Supporting information is information that is not essential to the article but that provides greater depth and background; it must be important, ancillary information that is relevant to the parent article but which does not or cannot appear in the main article. Supporting Information is hosted online, and appears without editing or typesetting. It may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Click here for Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.
Note: If data, scripts or other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper are available via a publicly available data repository, authors should include a reference to the location of the material within their paper. Like the manuscript accompanying it, it should be original and not previously published. If previously published it must be submitted with the necessary permissions.
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5. EDITORIAL POLICIES AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Editorial Review and Acceptance
The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed. Papers will only be sent to review if the Editors determine that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements.
Wiley's policy on confidentiality of the review process is available here.
Data storage and documentation
The Journal of Business Finance and Accounting encourages data sharing wherever possible, unless this is prevented by ethical, privacy or confidentiality matters. As noted above, authors publishing in the journal are therefore encouraged to make their data, scripts and other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper available via a publicly available data repository, however this is not mandatory. If the study includes original data, at least one author must confirm that he or she had full access to all the data in the study, and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Conflict of Interest
The journal requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include, but are not limited to, patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to disclose with the submission ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.
Authors should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation. If in doubt, please check the Open Funder Registry for the correct nomenclature: http://www.crossref.org/fundingdata/registry.html
The list of authors should accurately illustrate who contributed to the work and how. All those listed as authors should qualify for authorship according to the following criteria:
1. Have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
2. Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
3. Given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content; and
4. Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section (for example, to recognize contributions from people who provided technical help, collation of data, writing assistance, acquisition of funding, or a department chairperson who provided general support). Prior to submitting the article all authors should agree on the order in which their names will be listed in the manuscript.
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This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Note this journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Read our Top 10 Publishing Ethics Tips for Authors here. Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines can be found at https://authorservices.wiley.com/ethics-guidelines/index.html
6. AUTHOR LICENSING
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author will receive an email prompting them to log in to Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be required to complete a copyright license agreement on behalf of all authors of the paper.
Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, orOnlineOpenunder the terms of a Creative Commons License.
General information regarding licensing and copyright is availablehere.To review the Creative Commons License options offered under OnlineOpen, pleaseclick here.(Note that certain funders mandate that a particular type of CC license has to be used; to check this please clickhere.)
Self-archiving definitions and policies.Note that the journal’s standard copyright agreement allows for self-archiving of different versions of the article under specific conditions. Please clickherefor more detailed information about self-archiving definitions and policies.
Open Access fees:If you choose to publish using OnlineOpen you will be charged a fee. A list of Article Publication Charges for Wiley journals is availablehere.
Funder Open Access:Please clickherefor more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access policies.
7. PUBLICATION PROCESS AFTER ACCEPTANCE
Accepted article received in production
When your accepted article is received by Wiley’s production team, you (corresponding author) will receive an email asking you to login or register with Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication license at this point.
The journal offers Wiley’s Accepted Articles service for all manuscripts. This service ensures that accepted ‘in press’ manuscripts are published online very soon after acceptance, prior to copy-editing or typesetting. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only, are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked. After publication of the final version article (the article of record), the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.
Once your paper is typeset you will receive an email notification of the URL from where to download a PDF typeset page proof, associated forms and full instructions on how to correct and return the file.
Please note that you are responsible for all statements made in your work, including changes made during the editorial process and thus you must check your proofs carefully.
Colour figures. Colour figures may be published online free of charge, however, the journal charges for publishing figures in colour in print. If you supply colour figures you will be sent a Colour Work Agreement once your accepted paper moves to the production process. If your Colour Work Agreement is not returned by the specified date figures will be converted to black and white for print publication.
The journal offers rapid publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View (Online Version of Record) articles are published on Wiley Online Library before inclusion in an issue. Once your article is published on Early View no further changes to your article are possible. Your Early View article is fully citable and carries an online publication date and DOI for citations.
8. POST PUBLICATION
Access and sharing
When your article is published online:
• You receive an email alert (if requested).
• You can share a link to your published article through social media.
• As the author, you will have free access to your paper (after accepting the Terms & Conditions of use, you can view your article).
• The corresponding author and co-authors can nominate up to ten colleagues to receive a publication alert and free online access to your article.
• You can now order print copies of your article (instructions are sent at proofing stage or use the below contact details).
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9. EDITORIAL OFFICE CONTACT DETAILSEmail: Tom Gaston at JBFAedoffice@wiley.com
Author Guidelines updated 31 May 2017