Finance has traditionally been slow to adopt meta analytic and systematic
review approaches. This is surprising in light of the centrality of
processes using the approach of Cochrane Reviews (See
medical science, and meta analytic approaches in psychology and

Cognate disciplines, such as psychology, economics , IB and management have
also adopted meta-analysis approaches, albeit less intensely. Examples
include Griffeth et al on employee turnover in J Management 2000, Tihyani
et al on entry mode in JIBS 2005, Verlegh and Steenkamp on country of
origin models in J Econ Psych 1999 and numerous others.

Meta Analytic and systematic review papers are in general very highly
cited, more so than mere survey and literature review articles, helpful as
they may be.

Allied to this has been a growing concern in many areas of science around
the replicability and reliability of published findings. From Ioannidis,
PLOS Med 2005, through the work of Camerer et al, Science 2016, across many
fields we have seen both a growing scepticism of single approach findings
and a call for more powerful, newer and more general tests of hypotheses.
Systematic reviews and meta analyses can play a valuable role in
strengthening the evidence of financial and economic phenomena.

To this end the *International Review of Financial Analysis* intends to
hold a symposium on meta analysis and systemic reviews in international
finance. Papers presented at this symposium will be considered for a
Special Issue of IRFA. This symposium will be held in Poznan on 9 June
2018. Symposium participants will be responsible for their own expenses.

Authors interested in presenting at this symposium should submit to IRFA,
at, selecting the
SI:MetaAnalysis option. No submission fee will be charged for these special
issue submissions. Papers will be reviewed initially by members of the
editorial board, and subsequently may be invited for presentation at the
symposium, or to be otherwise processed. Papers presented will be given an
expedited review by editorial board members and others, with the intent to
have a final determination by Autumn 2018.

Examples of areas in which we are interested in having papers presented
include, but are by no means limited to:

   1. The effect of surprises and announcements on financial assets and
   asset markets
   2. Microstructure findings in international traded assets
   3. Spillovers and contagion findings
   4. The global financial crisis and its effects on sovereign debt markets
   5. Financialisation of commodity markets
   6. Safe haven assets

Prospective authors are invited to contact the Editor in chief, Professor
Brian Lucey, or the Guest Editor for the Special Issue, Professor Maurice
Peat and Professor Jacek Mizerka

Important deadlines:

   - First submission date: 1 August, 2017
   - Last submission date: 1 March, 2018
   - Conference date: 9 June, 2018


Professor Brian M Lucey, B.A. (Dubl.), M.A. (NUI), Ph.D (Stirling),
F.T.C.D. (
Editor, International Review of Financial Analysis
Editor, Finance Research Letters
Professor of International Finance and Commodities
Director of Research, Trinity Business School
Trinity College, Dublin
College Green, Dublin 2
353-1-8961552/ 353-87-9739076

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