Open Journal of Finance

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: How do I find out if my paper is in scope for a SOP journal?
A1: To establish whether you paper is suitable for the SOP journal, go to the website of the journal concerned, and then click on the "Aims and Scope" button to display the scope of the journal.
Q2: How do I submit my paper to a SOP journal?
A2: All papers must be submitted through our online submission system, in which paper status can easily be tracked. The new user should apply for a new group of Username & Password to submit. All the figures and tables should be combined with the text as a single MS Word or PDF for submission.
Q3: Should I use the template for submission?
A3: You're suggested to format your manuscript according to our standard template. However, if you don't know how to do it, please just prepare your manuscript as required by the Guideline. You can find basic instructions in the column of Manuscript Preparation. Papers should be submitted to us through our Online Submission System in MS Word or PDF version.
Q4: What type of file format do you accept?
A4: Papers in MS Word or PDF is the format for submitting your paper to our online submission system. After the acceptance of your paper, you can send your revised paper in MS Word or LaTex via email to us.
Q5: Is there a word or page limit for papers published in a SOP journal?
A5: Quality is the most important criteria for the acceptance of a paper. However, for the benefit of peer-reviewers and readers papers should be as concise as possible. The most of our papers are about 10 pages, extra publication fee is charged for the additional pages.
Q6: Is it essential to recommend guest reviewers for my paper?
A6: Recommending guest reviewers can improve the review process and publication efficiency of your paper. However, if you don’t have any candidates, we will help you to find good reviewers.
Q7: Can I publish a review or survey paper in SOP?
A7: Yes, there are no restrictions on the type of paper that may be published within SOP.
Q8: How do I know if my paper submitted to SOP worked well?
A8: You will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail as soon as you have uploaded the paper successfully. Your paper will then be checked and forwarded to the editors who will start the preliminary review. If there are any problems with your uploaded manuscript you will be contacted by the editors
Q9: Do I need to provide a signed declaration from all authors with my submission?
A9: An author declaration form should be signed by all authors and then please send it to the assistant via email.
Q10: Do I need to submit a cover letter with manuscript?
A10: Yes, a cover letter should be sent to us through email besides your revised paper.
Article Processing Charges
Q1: Is there any publication fee charged for papers published in a SOP journal?
A1: Yes. All SOP journals are made freely available online, we guarantee that no university library or individual reader will ever have to buy a subscription or buy access through pay-per-view fees to access the papers published in SOP journals. In order to cover the costs of providing and maintaining a publication infrastructure, managing the journals, and processing the papers through peer-review and the editorial procedure, the journal charges a publication fee which is normally covered by the author's institution or research funds. The publication fee is required to be paid upon acceptance of an article for publication. SOP may grant discounts on publishing fee for authors of lower income countries, students or authors in financial difficulty.
Q2: How do I pay the article processing charges to a SOP journal?
A2: You can make APC payment via Paypal, PNC Bank Transfer, credit card or Western Union. Detailed payment instructions can be found on the submission system. You can also ask the editorial assistant for any problems.
1. If you make the Wired Transfer payment, please make sure that your Paper ID (mentioned in the e-mail) is filled in the "attached statement", otherwise we cannot tell who has remitted the money. After the Wired Transfer payment, your local bank will return a receipt to you after the remittance. Do NOT discard it.
2. If you make the Online Payment, please remember your order number or keep the screen capturing of payment if it is possible.
Q3: How do I find out if my article processing charges have been safely received by SOP journal?
A3: Please notify and send your payment voucher via email to the editorial assistant after your payment. The editorial assistant shall email you a confirmation letter after receiving the payment.
Peer-review process
Q1: How long will it take to peer review my paper?
A1: It usually takes about 2-4 weeks. Please contact the editorial assistant if you want to know the status of your paper.
Q1: How long will it take for my paper to be available online after the acceptance?
A1: We will try to publish your paper as early as possible, but the time between acceptance and the creation of the full text version depends on how quickly you provide your final version. Normally, it will appear online around 3 weeks after all the publication procedures are completed.