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About the Journal


The idea for an international journal was mooted at the first meeting of the international scholars who met in Crete, Greece, at the 2001 conference of the International Society for Banking & Finance (ISBF). It was felt then that there was room for an internationally-focused banking and finance journal to meet the growing demand for publications of scholarly studies coming from across the world rather than from only major centres. The International Journal of Banking and Finance (IJBF) was then founded in 2001 with its inaugural issue appearing in 2003.

Current and past issues are available at http://ijbf.uum.edu.my/

The IJBF is part of the ISBF efforts to provide a publication forum for international scholars in banking and finance to disseminate their theoretical, empirical and applied research through anonymously blind peer review process. The founding chief editor, 2001-2004, was Dilip Ghosh, Seton Hall University. M. Lakehal-Ayat of St Johns College served during 2005-2009 as joint editor with M. Ariff of Monash University, Australia. M. Ariff was the chief editor from 2010-2011.  From 2012-2013, M. Ariff, who then joined Bond University and A. M. Parhizgari, from Florida International University, served as the joint chief editors. Asish Saha, Visiting Professor, UUM became the Chief Editor from 2015. The journal is published by Universiti Utara Malaysia, which also provides the hard copy print services and distribution of the issues to the subscribers. The journal is being indexed and abstracted in MyCite and listed in Cabell Directory.



The primary criteria during the review and selection process of the submitted papers are sound theoretical basis, valid empirical application and analysis, and contribution to the fields of banking and finance. The primary criteria in the final selection of the papers once the review process is complete are quality, originality, and relevance to the international banking and finance fields. IJBF is a ranked journal listed by the Australian Research Council. Its Field of Research code is: 1502

Aims & Scope

The IJBF is a blind peer reviewed journal published internationally and printed in Malaysia since 2003 at the University Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Malaysia, University Press.

Since its inception, the editorial team has worked independently to ensure that the selection of papers follow the rigorous process of initial editorial review followed by the blind peer review process.

In the six volumes that were released during 2003-2009, the published articles spanned equally across banking and finance. Until 2013, 126 articles appeared in ten volumes.

Since 2005, the IJBF has been listed in the Cabell List of journals in the USA (see Volume 2 of Accounting & Finance) and Australian Research Council, (ERA research code: 1502) in 2012.

The IJBF has already applied to the Excellence in Research Australian listing. ePublications@bond is indexed by Google and Google Scholar The Editorial Team is also pursuing listing by 2010 in the following index services:

  • SSRN
  • Scopus
  • Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory

The Editorial Team of the Journal is determined to enhance and bring the journal to a level of recognition parallel with most of the current premier journals.


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