Essential Tips on Refereeing for Academic Journals

10 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2018

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Robert W. Faff

University of Queensland; Bond University

Date Written: October 19, 2018


This paper is based on an “interview” I did for publons on how I approach refereeing for academic/scholarly journals. The paper covers a broad range of issues across topics including: managing invitations; writing the review; and open reviews. The views are my own, based on a career spanning 35 years, that have seen me review many hundreds of scholarly papers, for a wide variety of journals (primarily in finance, accounting and economics), across more than 60 different titles.

Keywords: Refereeing advice; Early career researcher

JEL Classification: G00; M00; B40; A20; B00; C00; D00; E00; F00; H00; I00; J00; L00; Q00; R00; Z00

Suggested Citation

Faff, Robert W., Essential Tips on Refereeing for Academic Journals (October 19, 2018). 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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