Answers to FAQ about the recent withdrawal of an accepted article in the JF

This post provides answers to a number of questions that the JF editors have received about the recent withdrawal of an accepted article in the JF:

Why a withdrawal and not a retraction?

Retractions are for articles that have been formally published in their version of record. A retracted article stays online, but with a link to a retraction notice. Withdrawals are for forthcoming articles that are posted online but are not yet published in their version of record. In the case of a withdrawal, the article is removed. The article in question was not yet published in its version of record, hence the withdrawal.

Who made the decision to withdraw the article?

The decision was made by the editorial team that was in charge of the JF until the end of June 2022 (and which still handles submissions received before July 1, 2022). As is standard policy, editors with conflict of interest recused themselves from the process.

How was the decision reached?

The decision was reached after an investigation that involved input from external reviewers.

What prompted the investigation?

The investigation was initiated after the editorial team received an emailed complaint.

Reminder: Transition to new editorial team on July 1, 2022

On June 30, 2022, the current JF editorial team will step down after serving two consecutive three-year terms. A new editorial team lead by executive editor Antoinette Schoar will take over on July 1, 2022.  

To ensure continuity, the two editorial teams agreed to the following transition policy: 

New first-round submissions: Papers that come in until June 30, 2022 will be handled by the old editorial team. Starting on July 1, 2022, new submissions will be handled by the new editorial team.  

Resubmissions: For an 18-month transition period, the old editorial team will continue to handle resubmissions of all papers that were initially submitted (first round) before July 1, 2022. Papers that do not achieve conditional acceptance status at the latest by the end of this period on December 31, 2023 will transition to the new editorial team.