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Author guidelines

AJAF provides a vehicle for thought leadership and the exchange of ideas based on applied finance research by leading finance practitioners, policy makers and academics.

Positioned at the intersection of business and academia, AJAF features articles which provide relevant insights from academic research on current financial market, investment and policy-related issues.

The AJAF Editorial Board seeks original, practical and topical articles which provide a critical analysis of current developments within the financial services industry across Australia and New Zealand, as well as international articles that provide insights relevant to these markets. Most articles have a finance, economics or accounting discipline focus, but articles from related disciplines are also welcome.

All AJAF articles must demonstrate a high level of critical analysis, employing appropriate research methods and presenting original ideas or research in a clear and concise manner suitable for a practitioner audience.

All articles must also highlight the practical and/or policy implications of their research, providing appropriate attribution to the work of others, and empirical evidence (where possible) to support their conclusions. Articles which articulate new ideas, financial sector innovations, and the implications of financial sector policy and regulation are particularly welcome. AJAF also includes survey articles which aim to explain recent insights from academic research in a manner accessible to practitioners, and as well as ‘perspectives’ type articles which provide background and informed, research-based opinion on current issues.

AJAF articles are submitted to a double-blind peer review process. AJAF generally provides feedback to authors of submitted papers within eight weeks, and often sooner. Typically, accepted articles are published within six months of acceptance.


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Submitting an Article

Length of articles

Articles should be between 2,000–3,000 words in length. If articles contain many diagrams or charts the word limit should be closer to 2,000 words. Submissions significantly in excess of this word limit will not be accepted.


Articles should be written in an easily readable style rather than formal, scholarly or highly technical language. The bibliography should include only items referred to in the text. Jargon should be avoided.


Endnotes and appendices should be minimised, and notes should be included within the text where possible. Authors should use the Harvard style of referencing (although initial submissions will be considered if different styles are used, subject to authors of accepted papers then revising them to meet the required style).


Articles accepted for publication will be edited for style, clarity and length. The editors will work as closely as possible with authors regarding changes. However, the submission of articles will be taken as acknowledgment that editing is likely.


Articles are accepted for publication in AJAF only on the condition that authors:

  • Give FINSIA an irrevocable and non-exclusive licence to publish the article in AJAF and on the FINSIA website as well as websites of affiliated organisations; and
  • Authorise FINSIA to give permission for reproduction of the article in whole or in part by other persons and organisations for educational and training purposes.

In return, FINSIA will provide authors of accepted papers with an electronic PDF version of the published paper for use on the author’s personal website or for other personal use.

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Copyrighted material

Please ensure that you verify that permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources i.e. third-party content (including material taken from the internet). To protect both you and FINSIA, it is important that permission is secured when you are using any third-party copyrighted material, including material that you have prepared in the course of your employment. Any conflicts of interest that may bias their work must be disclosed by authors.

AJAF prize

All original articles published in AJAF will be automatically considered for the award of the annual AJAF prize. The prize consists of a certificate and a cheque for $1,000. Up to three Merit Awards, consisting of a certificate and a cheque for $350 for each article, are also awarded each year.

Reproduction of articles

FINSIA may also allow the reproduction of your published article on selected databases, electronic services or in publications as considered appropriate. AJAF is now included in RMIT’s Informit, ProQuest, EBSCOHost and the National Library of Australia’s fulltext databases.

As a not-for-profit professional association, AJAF will channel all royalties from reproduction of articles in these services into our Scholarships and Awards Fund that promotes the development of talent in the financial services industry. Authors who do not wish FINSIA to retain any royalties pertaining to their published articles should email [email protected].


Only electronic submissions will be considered. Submit three files in Word format by email as follows:

  • Complete paper (this file may be in PDF format as well as the Word version)
  • Paper in word format without the name/s of author/s suitable for blind refereeing
  • An abstract (NB: This can be the first page of your paper).

When submitting your paper please provide the following information:

  • the title of your paper
  • name(s) of the author(s)
  • email addresses for each author.

Graphs and charts

When articles have been accepted for publication, embedded tables, graphs or diagrams must be supplied as Excel or Illustrator .eps files.

Titles for tables, graphs or diagrams should be Times New Roman 9pt/10.5pt Bold.

Data should be Arial 9pt/10pt regular.


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