Editorial Aims and Scope

The Review of Corporate Finance (RCF) offers an outlet for high-quality scholarly work on corporate finance. RCF welcomes both empirical and theoretical studies on corporate finance. We also welcome methodological contributions, commentaries and review articles.

RCF encourages novel approaches and new topics. Papers should significantly extend what has been done in the past. Corporate finance, while based on the finance discipline, has research contributions from other areas including law, economics, management, and political science. RCF by design will be an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary journal that welcomes different types of methodological approaches with a view to improved dialogue and scholarship on all relevant topics, ranging from the intersection of corporate finance with entrepreneurship, fintech, labor relations, legal standards, politics, and sustainability.

The Editorial Team comprises a diverse set of experts from around the world. Editors represent all functional areas of corporate finance, with institutional knowledge of all major regions around the world. RCF does not favor papers from any particular region from the world. RCF encourages submissions of original papers with novel ideas regardless of the country of origin and/or specific area of corporate finance.

Exploratory studies that develop new scholarly areas of inquiry are encouraged. RCF welcomes empirical studies that improve on methods used in earlier work by extending sample periods, using improved methods to establish causal inference, and/or use more detailed data than that which was previously available. Honest empirical studies (without p-hacking) that show insignificance are as welcome as honest studies that show significance. RCF also welcomes papers that show that results of previously published papers in corporate finance are not as robust as claimed.

Empirical studies can be based on aggregated regional or national data. RCF accepts datasets from all countries around the world, including developed and emerging markets. Multi-country or multi-region studies are encouraged where it is feasible to implement. Theoretical studies can include mathematical models (as in economics/finance), qualitative analyses (as in management/entrepreneurship), legal or institutional perspectives.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • bankruptcy
  • corporate failure
  • capital structure
  • corporate governance
  • corporate and securities law
  • corporate finance and public policy
  • corporate restructuring
  • dividends, payout policy, and repurchases
  • entrepreneurial finance, private equity, and private debt
  • family business
  • financial contracting
  • financial literacy
  • fintech
  • innovation
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • IPOs and SEOs
  • trade credit
  • sustainable finance
  • corporate social responsibility
  • socially responsible investment