Receiving high-quality feedback on research projects is immensely valuable to the development of academic manuscripts. Given that many early-career researchers have limited opportunities to gain personalized feedback on their work from editors of top-tier finance journals, FIRN Early Career Researchers (ECR) Program offers the ECR Manuscript Feedback Program to provide participants with the opportunity to address this need.


Program Details:


FIRN offers ECR members a valuable opportunity to received specific feedback on their academic manuscripts (working papers) from an experienced editor of a top-tier finance journals, Professor Zhi Da (University of Notre Dame). Professor Da currently serves as an Associate Editor of numerous prestigious journals, including the Journal of Finance, Management Science, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Critical Finance Review, and Journal of Banking and Finance, among others. Professor Da has also served as an Associate Editor of Review of Financial Studies.


Authors of selected manuscripts will receive written feedback from Professor Da on their manuscripts and have the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with Professor Da. The feedback conversations will take place online via Zoom in November–December. Authors of selected manuscripts will be notified sufficiently in advance of the meeting date and time.


Applications Now Open:


FIRN will select 3 academic manuscripts authored by early-career researchers (Levels B–C within 8 years of PhD graduation) at member institutions. Priority will be given to manuscripts related to investor attention, news / social media, and cross-section of stock returns, in alignment with Professor Da’s research expertise.

Application Deadline: Monday 2nd October 2023, 5:00pm AEDT.

Application Process: Please email your application, enclosing the manuscript for which you seek feedback and a copy of your CV, to, with the email title (subject line): “FIRN ECR Manuscript Feedback Program Application.” In the submission email, please confirm that your application meets all eligibility criteria (please see below); please also include information on the manuscript’s research area.

Eligibility: All manuscripts must fulfill the following criteria to be considered, which should all be addressed in the submission email. They must:

1.     be authored by early career researchers (Levels B–C within 8 years of PhD graduation),

2.     have no senior co-authors, defined as Professor or an Associate Editor or more senior in A* journals,

3.     have not been submitted to a journal.

Each applicant is welcome to submit one manuscript (but can be co-authors on other submissions).

Successful applicants will be required to provide feedback on the submission/publication outcomes of their selected manuscripts by undertaking annual surveys until the manuscripts are published.

FIRN reserves the right to allocate any or all of the three opportunities, and that opportunity is not transferrable to another researcher nor another paper other than as submitted.


Chelsea Liu | Associate Professor, University of Adelaide

Vice President (ECR), FIRN | E: