For Authors

The Financial Analysts Journal is the leading practitioner journal in the investment management community. The majority of published articles are in portfolio management and wealth planning, but we are open to submissions of manuscripts on other topics, provided that the findings are useful for investment practitioners.

The Financial Analysts Journal is a peer-reviewed journal, and we operate a double-blind peer-review process for all research articles and Perspectives pieces.

Author Guidelines

To gain a better understanding of our editorial expectations and standards, we require that authors read the Author Guidelines prior to submission. A manuscript that conforms to these guidelines and that is of potential interest to our readership will be sent out for external review before a decision is made whether to publish it. In contrast, a manuscript that does not conform to these guidelines will be returned to the authors without external review.

Download the Financial Analysts Journal Author Guidelines (PDF)

Manuscript Submission

Submissions must be made online via Editorial Manager. The person who submits the manuscript must be an author; we do not accept submissions made on behalf of authors.

We require that authors read the Financial Analysts Journal policies and the Author Guidelines and acknowledge that they have done so prior to submission.

During the submission process, authors will need to answer specific questions, including some related to the Financial Analysts Journal policies, such as the disclosure of conflicts of interest and the acknowledgment that the manuscript is original, unpublished, and not under submission or consideration for publication at another journal or anywhere else, in print or online.

Author Rights

Authors are allowed certain uses of their published articles without the need to get permission from CFA Institute. We ask that authors read and comply with our Author Rights.

Appeals Policy

The Financial Analysts Journal may accept or reject any manuscript at its discretion and is not obligated to publish any particular manuscript submitted for publication.

Editorial decisions made by the Financial Analysts Journal are final and not subject to an appeal, so appeals will only be considered when a reviewer or editor has made a significant factual error or when his or her objectivity is compromised by a documented competing interest, and when a reversal based on either of these grounds would change the original decision.

Authors who wish to appeal an editorial decision must follow the Appeals Policy and Process.

View the Financial Analysts Journal Appeals Policy and Process (PDF)

Brand Usage Guidelines

When mentioning their published articles, authors should always refer to the Financial Analysts Journal, never to the FAJ.

If being quoted in the media or speaking in public, the guidance for written quotes is to use “CFA Institute Financial Analysts Journal®” on first mention and “Financial Analysts Journal” on subsequent mentions, and the spoken guidance is to use “Financial Analysts Journal from CFA Institute.”

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