Learnings From 1,000 Rejections

39 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2023 Last revised: 13 Apr 2023

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Alex Edmans

London Business School - Institute of Finance and Accounting; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: April 9, 2023


The Review of Finance aimed to significantly increase its standards over my 6 years as Managing Editor and 1 year as Editor. To comply with these new standards, I had to reject nearly 1,000 manuscripts. This article aims to use these rejections constructively by distilling common reasons for rejection to guide future research. They are divided into three categories: contribution, execution, and exposition. Beyond extracts from decision letters that give reasons for rejection, this article also shares excerpts that shed light on the editorial process, such as how an editor weighs up feedback to reach a decision, as well as emails to authors outside formal letters in response to queries on the process.

JEL Classification: A11, A13, A14, A22, A23, G00

Suggested Citation

Edmans, Alex, Learnings From 1,000 Rejections (April 9, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4336383 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4336383

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