Policies for Authors


Pre-Screening Process

We ask that all prospective authors utilize our Pre-Screening process before submitting a completed manuscript. This will provide you with an early indication of whether your paper is likely to be accepted by JFC.

Authors should submit a 200-400 word abstract of their paper to us through the Submit Article link on the right side of the page. We will review the abstract and provide an indication of our likely interest in the completed work. This indication of initial interest is non-binding on JFC and does not guarantee that your final paper will be accepted by JFC. It does, however, indicate that we think the topic is within our scope and that once completed, it has a reasonable chance of acceptance, subject to our further review.

Please include with your request for a Pre-Screening the following information:

  • For all authors: name, title, and institutional affiliation
  • For submitting author: also include email address and telephone number

We accept Pre-Screening requests via the Submit Article link on the right side of the page. We will make every effort to provide you our initial feedback within a limited time of receipt. There is no fee for the Pre-Screening.

Calls for Submissions

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in The Journal of Financial Crises provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. The JFC generally publishes issues containing content on a variety of topics within our scope. However, from time to time, we may issue a Call for Submissions to request content that supports a special thematic issue. Such calls will generally be of limited duration and will be accompanied by any special guidelines and or instructions. To be sure to receive any such call, please subscribe to the JFC.

Submission Procedures

You should submit your completed manuscript through the Submit Article link on the right side of the page. We only accept manuscripts in MSWord format. We only accept exclusive submissions. Please let us know if you have previously submitted the manuscript to another journal or publication in your cover letter.

Your manuscript should be in American English and formatted to be consistent with our style guidelines, and submitted with through the Submit Article link.

When submitting your manuscript to the JFC, you should be sure that all the following criteria have been met.

Corresponding Author. One author should be designated as the Corresponding Author in the cover letter with the following contact information:

  • Email address
  • Full postal address
  • Telephone number

The JFC will only communicate with the Corresponding Author regarding the submitted manuscript, the review and editing process, and our publication decision. We will generally communicate only by email. The Corresponding Author is responsible for communicating with all co-authors and keeping them informed.

File Submission. All necessary files will have been sent/uploaded in acceptable formats:

  • Manuscript: Submit in MSWord
  • Graphical Abstracts/Highlights files (where applicable): These files may be submitted in the following formats: JPEG, PNG, and/or TIFF
  • Supplemental files (where applicable): If text files, submit in MSWord. If graphical, any of the formats identified above for graphical content apply

Review Criteria

Unsolicited manuscripts will be reviewed by JFC staff and either rejected or accepted for further review looking towards publication. We will likely reject a manuscript that:

  • Does not consider a topic within our scope of financial crises and stability
  • Considers a topic within our scope but is not intellectually rigorous
  • Considers a topic within our scope but whose contribution to the field is only minor
  • Overlaps significantly with existing published work and presents limited new information
  • Does not meet our quality standards

Problems with quality include: insufficient intellectual depth; an analysis that is inappropriate to the research question being asked, or not sufficiently rigorous; that the language, style, or grammar does not conform to accepted standards of scholarship; or that the manuscript is excessively long. Authors should write in a complete but concise style and, if possible, submit manuscripts that are no longer than about 30 pages, when formatted according to our Style Guidelines included herein.

Style Guidelines

Manuscript Basics. The manuscript should comply with the following basic guidelines of what to include:

  • The author(s)’ names are all on the first page
  • Suggested keywords and JEF Codes (normally no more than 6 each)
  • All figures (include relevant captions)
  • All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)
  • All figure and table citations in the text match the files provided
  • Indicate clearly if color should be used for any figures in print
  • The manuscript is written in American English. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to translate manuscripts.
  • You limit your abstract to 150-200 words
  • You limit your manuscript to 30 double-spaced pages with 1” margins on all sides
  • You have used the Chicago citation Author-Date format
  • You have included in the Reference List all (and only) references cited in the text
  • Written permission has been obtained for use of material from other sources (including sources from the Internet)
  • The information regarding submission on this website has been reviewed

Manuscript Formatting. The manuscript should comply with the following formatting guidelines:

  • The manuscript has been formatted in MS Word
  • Pages are numbered consecutively with the first page being unnumbered
  • Your manuscript is in a standard Cambria in 12-point font
  • The manuscript is in final form and has been "spell checked" and "grammar checked." We do not have the resources to proofread you work so please do this carefully before you send it to us or have it done by a professional proofreader.
  • You have turned off "Track changes" so edits do not appear on the manuscript
  • The first page of your manuscript has been styled to fit the title, author(s) names, abstract, keywords, JEL codes, thank you note, and some publication/copyright info

Editorial Process

The JFC is entitled to edit and revise the manuscript before publication, but the final version of the manuscript is subject to the written approval of the author(s). Author(s) will cooperate in good faith with the JFC’s editorial process and abide by its deadlines and editorial requirements. However, the final decision to publish the manuscript lies in the sole discretion of the JFC.

Copyright and Open Access

Authors must assign copyright to their accepted manuscript to JFC. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, you will be asked to sign an Author Publication Agreement. JFC content, including back issues, is made available to the public free of charge. Use of JFC content is subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License which permits certain uses for noncommercial purposes only. See Open Access for more information. You will be asked to agree to these open access terms before we publish your manuscript pursuant to the Author Publication Agreement.

Rights for Authors and the Journal of Financial Crises

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to the Yale School of Management all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described therein and summarized below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium is permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Yale University acting by and through the Yale School of Management as copyright holder.

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from from the Journal of Financial Crises, the Yale School of Management or Yale University provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should email the editors at .

General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the JFC website and/or software agree not to misuse the Journal of Financial Crises website, service or software in any way.

The failure of the JFC to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between the JFC and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

Descriptions contained on this website are for convenience only and the terms of the Submission Agreement are controlling.