In the field of finance, there are three top journals. David Denis, Roger S. Ahlbrandt Sr. Chair in Finance, has served as editor of one of them. He recently completed his second and final term as editor of The Review of Financial Studies.
“Becoming an editor is an honor,” says Denis. “Reaching that level recognizes past work in terms of contributions to the field through publication, as well as service as a reviewer or associate editor at various journals. It is also an expression of trust in your judgment going forward about the research in your field.”
Prior to being named an editor of The Review of Financial Studies in 2013, Denis had served as its associate editor for three years, as well as associate editor of The Journal of Finance for three years.
Like many other universities, publication in top journals is required for tenure and promotion at Pitt. “With acceptance rates at the top journals below 10 percent,” says Denis, “my experience as an editor has given me a unique perspective that enhances my ability to offer advice to other faculty members who are looking to be published.”
One of seven editors of The Review of Financial Studies, which is published by Oxford University Press, Denis focused on submissions pertaining to his area of expertise—corporate finance. His role required 15 to 20 hours per week to manage between 150 and 175 manuscripts annually. Though his term has ended, Denis estimates that it will take another year for him to complete work on outstanding manuscripts that have been returned with comments to their authors.
“Appointments like David’s are highly prestigious,” says Arjang A. Assad, Henry E. Haller Jr. Dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. “His hard work and dedication have significantly enhanced the visibility and credibility of our finance area and our school. We are grateful for his professional service and contributions.”