LaTeX commands for JF


Included below are the commands that you need to satisfy the style requirements for publishing in The Journal of Finance. Please note that these are not official instructions from the journal, but only what I have learnt through my own experience. 

Each command below is preceded by an explanation of what the command does; these explanations are on lines that have as their first character the “%” sign, which tells LaTeX to treat the line as a comment rather than code to be executed. 

The easiest thing to do is to cut-and-paste these commands into the preamble of your LaTeX text file -- starting with the very top line. After you do this, the only thing you need to check is that you are not calling again (in your own LaTeX code) any of the packages that are already being called in the text below, and that you are not doing something inadvertently to undo the changes made by the code below.

Please let me know if there are any errors or that you think some instructions are missing and should be added to these lists of commands. (But, please do not write to me with general questions about LaTeX --- instead, search on the internet, where there are real experts whose advice can resolve your problems.)

Style requirements for The Journal of Finance

Included below are (some of) the commands that you need to satisfy to meet the style requirements for publishing in The Journal of Finance. These are quite straightforward, and there are only a few things that need to be changed --- these changes are numbered below.

% --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


% (1) The line below says asks LaTeX to use the ``article'' class for typesetting,

%      with the options being: 11pt font, letterpaper, and double-spacing

\documentclass[11pt, letterpaper,doublespacing]{article}

% (2) This package enables the ``doublespacing'' option in the first line


% (3) Changing format of Section number and formatting of section headers

% The ``makatletter'' command is a special LaTeX switch

%  that changes the meaning of the ``@'' character, so that

%  this character can be used in the commands that follow.

% The ``makeatletter'' switch will be turned off using

%  the ``makeatother'' command below.


% (3.1)  Put a period after section number


% Change format of numbers




% (3.2)  Change format of header text

\renewcommand{\section}{\@startsection {section}{1}{\z@}%

                                     {-3.5ex \@plus -1ex \@minus -.2ex}%

                                     {2.3ex \@plus.2ex}%



                                       {-3.25ex\@plus -1ex \@minus -.2ex}%

                                       {1.5ex \@plus .2ex}%



                                       {-3.25ex\@plus -1ex \@minus -.2ex}%

                                       {1.5ex \@plus .2ex}%



% (3.3)  The next command turns of the switch that changed the meaning of the “@” character.



%: (4) Changing formatting of theorem-like structures

% The next command loads the ``amstheorem'' package

% to adjust formatting of theorem-like structures


%Define ``plain'' style


% Load ``plain'' style, so that it will apply to all theorem-style structures

% that are defined after this command


% Then, for the Assumption, Corollary, Proposition, etc. ``plain'' style is active

% You can add more of these structures to suit your needs








% (5)  Caption headings are bold and small





% (6) Table numbers are uppercase roman


% (7) First paragraphs are indented except the very first (unlabeled) section


% (8) Change the formatting of the section header for Abstract

\renewcommand{\abstractname}{\bf \small ABSTRACT}

% (9) Change the formatting of the section header for References

\renewcommand{\refname}{\bf \small REFERENCES}

% (10) To move footnotes to the end of the text



\renewcommand{\notesname}{\bf Footnotes}

% --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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LaTeX commands to meet style requirements of JF