The Boston University Center for Finance, Law & Policy invites Boston University
affiliated scholars, faculty, students, and others to submit manuscripts to its CFLP
Working Paper Series. Our aim is to disseminate publications that are works-in-progress
and reflect the broad range of research interests of the Center. These include critical
regulatory and policy challenges of the day that impact the national and global financial
system and the larger economy. The Center welcomes papers that focus on financial
regulatory and policy reform, regulation of cross-border financial flows, and financial
inclusion and financial education issues. Students should present a letter of support for
their paper from their faculty advisor.
Accepted papers will be posted on the Center’s website. The Working Papers are not
refereed. Individual authors are responsible for the accuracy and content of their papers.
Working Papers may be pre-publication versions of articles or book chapters that may
be submitted or forthcoming elsewhere. CFLP does not hold copyright permissions for
the Working Paper Series. The copyright remains with the author of the Working Paper
(certain cases subject to individual discussion).
The manuscripts should be formatted using Times New Roman 12 pt. font, double space
the text, and include page numbers at the bottom center of each page. Papers should be
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between 8,000 – 15,000 words, including references and bibliography. Manuscripts
should be submitted electronically as Word documents. To inquire about submitting a
manuscript, please send an email to William Kring, [email protected] or Daivi RodimaTaylor, [email protected]
Working Paper Style Guidelines:
Acronyms: The full names of acronyms, even common ones, should be written out on
first reference followed by the acronym in parentheses, e.g. the United Nations (UN) or
International Monetary Fund (IMF). The acronym may then be used throughout the
References: For this series, the preferred format for references is in-text with a
bibliography of the cited sources at the end of the paper.
Example (when author name is used in the text): As Camner et al. (2009, 45) note, one
of the lessons drawn from studies of M-PESA in Kenya was the necessity of a large
agent network to achieve profitability and sustainability.
Example (when author name is not used in the text): One of the lessons drawn from
studies of M-PESA in Kenya was the necessity of a large agent network to achieve
profitability and sustainability (Camner et al. 2009, 45).
Because of space and design constraints, this series does not use footnotes. Endnotes
should be used very sparingly.
Graphs, charts and other graphics: The author should prepare graphs and charts and
place them in the document, but the raw data for any graphs, charts and tables (e.g.,
Excel files from which graphs are generated) should be included as separate documents
with the submission. Please be sure that source data is included with all figures and that
reuse is permitted. Do not submit graphic elements that are copyrighted or a direct
reproduction without appropriate permission from the source.
Spelling: The series uses American English spellings. Therefore favor (not favour),
realize (not realise), percent (not per cent) should be used.
Commas: Should be used before the “and” in a series, e.g. India has managed to
conclude bilateral deals with the US, France, and China.
Numbers: One through nine should be written as words; numerals should be used for
numbers 10 and higher.
Dates: Dates should be written as follows: February 12, 2008. For decades, do not use
apostrophes, e.g. 1970s. Centuries should be written using numbers as follows: sixth
century, 19th century, 21st century
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Section titles and subheadings: Section titles should use title case and subheadings
should use sentence case. Roman numerals, numbers or letters should not be used with
section titles or subheadings. E.g., Trade in Services (section title), Joint venture
requirements (subheading).
A pre-printing PDF proof of the paper will be sent to the author using the primary email
address supplied by the author. Only typographical and factual errors may be changed
at the proof stage.
Preferred style for in-text references and bibliographies:
Please use the following format for in-text references and bibliography entries.
Note: In the bibliography, you may use either full first names of authors or first initials,
but please be consistent in using one or the other throughout.
From The Chicago Manual of Style, Fifteenth Edition
Available online at
Please note one departure from the CMS: we use title case for titles of books and journal
articles since that is usually how they appear in the original reference.
Book, single author
(Doniger 1999, 65)
Doniger, Wendy. 1999. Splitting the Difference. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Book, two authors
(Cowlishaw and Dunbar 2000, 104–7)
Cowlishaw, Guy, and Robin Dunbar. 2000. Primate Conservation Biology. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press.
Book, more than two authors
(Laumann et al. 1994, 262)
Laumann, Edward O., John H. Gagnon, Robert T. Michael, and Stuart Michaels. 1994.
The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press.
Chapter or other part of a book
(Wiese 2006, 101–2)
Wiese, Andrew. 2006. “The house I live in”: Race, class, and African American
suburban dreams in the postwar United States. In The New Suburban History, ed. Kevin
M. Kruse and Thomas J. Sugrue, 99–119. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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Book – electronic format
(Kurland and Lerner 1987)
Kurland, Philip B., and Ralph Lerner, eds. 1987. The Founders’ Constitution. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press.
Journal article, print
(Smith 1998, 639)
Smith, John Maynard. 1998. The Origin of Altruism. Nature 393: 639–40.
Journal article, online
(Hlatky et al. 2002)
Hlatky, Mark A., Derek Boothroyd, Eric Vittinghoff, Penny Sharp, and Mary A.
Whooley. 2002. Quality-of-life and depressive symptoms in postmenopausal women
after receiving hormone therapy: Results from the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin
Replacement Study (HERS) trial. Journal of the American Medical Association 287, no.
5 (February 6), (accessed January 7,
Popular magazine article
(Martin 2002, 84)
Martin, Steve. 2002. Sports-interview Shocker. New Yorker, May 6.
Newspaper article
(Niederkorn 2002)
Niederkorn, William S. 2002. A Scholar Recants on His “Shakespeare” Discovery. The
New York Times, June 20, Arts section, Midwest edition.
Paper presented at a meeting or conference
(Doyle 2002)
Doyle, Brian. 2002. Howling like dogs: Metaphorical language in Psalm 59. Paper
presented at the annual international meeting for the Society of Biblical Literature, June
19–22, in Berlin, Germany.
Item in digital database
(Pliny the Elder, Perseus Digital Library)
Perseus Digital Library.
Web site
(Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees)
Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees. Evanston Public Library Strategic Plan,
2000–2010: A Decade of Outreach. Evanston Public Library.
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