April 05, 2007

Mathur named managing editor of leading journal

by Sun Min

CARBONDALE, Ill. – A researcher at Southern Illinois University Carbondale's College of Business and Administration is the new managing editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance, a top-ranking publication of world economic and financial research.

Ike Mathur, Henry J. Rehn professor of finance, will take on the role beginning Jan. 1, 2008. He follows in the footsteps of Giorgio Szegö, one of the founders and managing editor of the Journal for the past 31 years.

The Journal of Banking and Finance is a prestigious journal for publishing papers in finance. It is generally rated among the top five finance journals, and accepts about 11 percent of manuscripts submitted for publication.

"I have the highest respect for what the Journal stands for, and for its contributions to our knowledge base in the discipline," said Mathur. "I felt humbled to follow in the footsteps of Professor Szegö. I have always had a great appreciation for how well he positioned the Journal in a crowded publication field. I will try my best to further build the Journal's reputation and significant role in the discipline."

Mathur will oversee the refereeing and selection process for papers submitted to the Journal. His extensive editorial experience includes founding and editing the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, and the Journal of Multinational Financial Management for the past 18 years.

During his time in the college, Mathur has served as interim dean, chair of the Department of Finance and director of doctoral programs. He is the author or co-author of more than 110 articles and numerous books. In 1983, Mathur was Fulbright professor of international business at Turku School of Economics in Finland and in 1993, he was a Fulbright professor of international finance at Portuguese Catholic University in Portugal.

Mathur joined the SIUC faculty in 1977. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Michigan University and a doctoral degree from University of Cincinnati.