Introducing a “Certified Novice Reviewer Program” … a new initiative at PBFJ

19 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2018 Last revised: 31 May 2022

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Robert W. Faff

University of Queensland; Bond University

Date Written: May 30, 2022


Are you an early career researcher (ECR) in finance, actively looking to take on the role of “apprentice” reviewer but struggling to capture the attention of journal editors? If so, then the current paper is for you! It outlines a novel initiative at the Pacific-Basin Finance Journal (PBFJ), through a newly devised “Certified Novice Reviewer Program” (CNRP). Specifically, I propose a basic 3-step process for trial at PBFJ that aims to provide a realistic pathway for ECRs facing the “novice reviewer roadblock”.

Keywords: Refereeing advice; Early career researcher;Novice reviewer profile; Researcher training & capacity building; Pitching research

JEL Classification: G00

Suggested Citation

Faff, Robert W., Introducing a “Certified Novice Reviewer Program” … a new initiative at PBFJ (May 30, 2022). Available at SSRN: or

Robert W. Faff (Contact Author)

University of Queensland ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072

Bond University ( email )

Gold Coast, QLD 4229

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