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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration
  • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright holder to reproduce any data, tables, schemes and figures for which copyright exists.
  • One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details: e-mail address, full postal address, orcid id
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Manuscript has been 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'. All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Please sign Declaration of license grant and Author declaration. It can be either emailed, with your electronic signature(s), back to or to the postal address of the Research Papers in Economics and Finance.

Author Guidelines

I. Initial requirements:

  1. Full length papers should be 10-15 pages A4 long. 
  2. Submission and on-line publication is free of charges, There are no author charges, known as APCs, before release, and no charge for any reader to download articles.
  3. Editor evaluates all manuscripts first. Papers rejected at this stage are either insufficiently original, poor language or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Papers that meet the minimum criteria are passed to two reviewers for the in-depth review.

II. Initial data:

  1. Title. Concise and informative
  2. Authors' names and affiliations Present the authors' affiliation addresses below the names and provide ORCID ID and the e-mail address of each author. Corresponding author should clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of publishing process.

III. Abstract

A concise abstract, of no more than 200 words that includes a statement about the economic or finance content of the paper, is required. The abstract should state briefly, the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the paper, so it must be able to stand alone.

IV. Keywords Provide a maximum of 5 keywords.

V. Structure of the paper. Divide your paper into clearly defined and numbered sections. 1. Introduction. This section is mandatory. In this required section, concisely state the objectives of the paper and indicate the contribution to the economics or finance literature. 2. Literature review 3. Methodology. 4. Results and Discussion. In this section authors should describe results of the research and explore their scientific significance.

VI. Acknowledgements Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the paper, before the references, if necessary.

VII. Formatting of funding sources List funding sources in accordance to funder's requirements, if necessary.

VIII. References The Research Papers in Economics and Finance editorial style is based on the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: APACitations in the text: (Nowak, 2009, p. 123), Nowak (2009, p. 271) claims that… , (Gorsuch, 2001, pp. 228-229), (Walker & Allen, 2004), (Bradley, Ramirez, & Soo, 1999). References: Strunk, W. i White, E. B. (1979). The guide to everything and then some more stuff. New York: Macmillan. Watson, R., McKenna, H., Cowman, S. i Keady, K. (Eds.). (2008). Nursing research: Designs and methods. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. Mikosch, P., Hadrawa, T., Laubreiter, K., Brandl, J., Pilz, J., Stettner, H., & Grimm, G. (2010). Effectiveness of respiratory-sinusarrhythmia biofeedback on state-anxiety in patients undergoing coronary angiography. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66(5), 1101-1110.

IX. Math formulae, tables and figures Please submit math equations and tables as editable text and not as images. Present simple formulae in line with normal text where possible and use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line for small fractional terms, e.g., A/B.

X. Submission Manuscript must be 'spell-checked' and 'grammar-checked' by authors. Our online submission system guides you stepwise through the process of entering your paper details and uploading your files. You can track the status of your submitted paper online in OJS.

XI. Open access policy Articles are freely available to both registered users and the wider public. 

XII. Ethics a) Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. b) The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. c) Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review. See more...

XIII. Plagiarism Policy The Research Papers in Economics and Finance follows an intensive plagiarism policy. It ensures that none of the parts of the manuscript is plagiarized from other sources and proper reference is provided for all contents extracted from other sources. All the papers submitted have to pass through an initial screening and will be checked through the Plagiarism Detection Software: Grammarly Plagiarism, Premium Version. 



Each paper submitted to the REF is assessed by the Editor-in-Chief according to the criteria: 1) a sufficient contribution of the paper to knowledge; 2) its high potential to attract the interest of an international audience the text is sent to review. Each pre-selected paper is evaluated by at least two independent Reviewers. The double-blind review process is applied. It means that neither the Author(s) nor the Reviewers know identities of the other.

The detailed evaluation criteria are outlined in the Paper Reviewer Form

1. The significance of the paper
An important and well defined research problem, unique research area, the impact of the research performed on the existing state of arts. Appraisal: a) Excellent b) Good c) Sufficient d) Poor e) Very poor

2. Research methodology
Quality of planning and conducting the research, criteria for selecting data, theoretical framework of the paper, research methods and their correct selection and application. Appraisal: a) Excellent b) Good c) Sufficient d) Poor e) Very poor

3. The consistency of the paper
Clear layout, the cohesion between the main purpose, title and content of the paper, results coming from methods used in the paper. Appraisal: a) Excellent b) Good c) Sufficient d) Poor e) Very poor

4. Paper form
Clear and precise language, correct terminology, the accuracy of references, articles from reputable journals used in the paper. Appraisal: a) Excellent b) Good c) Sufficient d) Poor e) Very poor

5. Conclusions
a) Publication without amendment
b) Publication with minor adjustments
c) Important adjustments required to re-review
d) The rejection of the manuscript

List of Reviewers collaborating with the Editors of the Research Papers in Economics and Finance is shown on the website. 

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