The Journal of Behavioral Finance
is a publication of The Institute of
Behavioral Finance and Taylor & Francis, LLC.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CONTRIBUTORS
The journal is intended to foster debate among groups who have keen insights
into the behavioral patterns of markets but have not historically published
in the more traditional financial and economic journals. Further, it is
designed to stimulate new interdisciplinary research and theory that will
build a body of knowledge about the psychological influences on market
fluctuations. The most obvious benefit is a new understanding of markets that
can greatly improve investment decision making. Another benefit is the
opportunity for behavioral scientists to expand the scope of their studies
via the use of the enormous databases that document behavior in markets.
Offering penetrating insights into the impact of psychological forces on economic
performance, The Journal of Behavioral Finance is an indispensable resource
for academics and practitioners alike.
Practitioners and investment professionals; personality, social, and
organizational psychologists; clinical and cognitive psychologists,
psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals; specialists in consumer
behavior and marketing; specialists in the multidisciplinary study of
judgment and decision making; researchers in finance and accounting;
specialists in behavioral economics; and economic sociologists and
Please follow these guidelines when preparing and submitting an article. Keep
in mind you are writing for readers with a variety of backgrounds not
necessarily the same as your own. Write to express, not to impress, and write
the way you talk. Keep it simple; brevity and conciseness are valued, but be
sure to create interest. Colorful language and examples are encouraged.
Equations and formulas are discouraged, except in appendixes.
Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines in the Publication
Manual of the American Psychological Association (4th ed.; the manual is
available from the APA Book Order Department, Dept. KK, P.O. Box 92984,
Washington, DC 20090–2984; 1- 800–374–2721; http://www.apa.org).
Manuscripts should generally be no more than 30 pages and should be double
spaced with wide margins and numbered pages.
The front page should include the authors’ full name(s), title(s), address(es), zip code(s), phone
number(s), e-mail address(es), and type of software
References and citations
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the end of the text.
Limit references to works cited in the text and list them alphabetically.
Citations in the text should appear as "Smith  suggests that … ." Use page numbers for quotes.
Use periods instead of commas between authors’ names and titles of
Minimize the number of endnotes. Use superscript Arabic numbers in the text
and on the endnote page.
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and legends; they should be understandable figures and graphs in camera-ready
form as we cannot draw them for you.
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that can be used in searches for the article.
The publication agreement must be signed and returned before an accepted
article can be published.
Authors may order reprints of their articles when
they receive page proofs. Printing considerations do not permit the ordering
of reprints after authors have returned proofs.
Journal of Behavioral Finance uses an online submission process. Please
follow the instructions below to submit your article:
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