Journal of Payments Strategy & Systems

Journal of Payments Strategy & Systems publishes peer-reviewed articles and case studies analysing best practice, emerging issues and new thinking in how to develop a profitable, customer-focused payments strategy. It examines major issues facing the corporate, wholesale and retail payments industry from a business, risk and operational perspective.

Edited by respected payments and identity expert Gerard Hartsink and guided by an eminent Editorial Board, each quarterly 100-page issue provides practical, detailed analysis of developments and trends in the payments business, regulation, new entrants and technologies and how to bring them all together to define your payments strategy, as well as actionable advice and ‘lessons learned’ from fellow professionals on how payment processing systems can be leveraged to maximise profitability, security and efficiency and minimise risk. It contains no advertising and no advertorial.

Journal of Payments Strategy & Systems and all the Banking and Finance Journals are available to view here: Henry Stewart Publications Business & Finance Journal Collection

Journal of Payments Strategy & Systems is listed and indexed in Scopus and Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities.  

Journal of Payments Strategy & Systems is abstracted and indexed in the Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) database IDEAS

Each issue publishes provocative thought-leadership and detailed advice on key issues including:

Market developments and payment strategy

  • Trends in payments markets
  • Developments in regional cooperation models
  • Payment market (re)structuring: unbundling functions
  • Developing a profitable enterprise payments strategy
  • Payments product management: balancing competition and cooperation
  • New entrants and their challenge to the payments market
  • Impact on open banking and consequences for payments data
  • Developments in industry standards

Trends in payments methods, products and services

  • Trends in payments methods
  • Mobile and e-payments
  • Retail Central Bank Digital Currency payments
  • Payments with non-fiat currencies
  • New payment technologies
  • Value-added services
  • Identity and authentication services
  • Developments in cash payments
  • Trends in vending machine payments

Real Time Gross Settlement Systems

  • Settlement methods and their features such as finality
  • Central bank settlement services
  • Settlement of retail payments
  • Settlement of the payments legs of securities transactions
  • Settlement of forex transactions 
  • Settlement of wholesale CBDC

Corporate payments and treasury management

  • Financial supply chain management
  • Online payments for web merchants
  • Cash, currency and liquidity management
  • Replacing paper and cheques
  • e-invoicing
  • Payments data for reconciliation
  • Government payments

Payments operations and developments in services

  • Reducing payment processing costs
  • Changing processing models
  • Outsourcing or not?
  • Replacement of legacy systems?
  • Correspondent banking

Payment risk management

  • Fraud management
  • Security management
  • AML-CFT management
  • Counterparty risk management 
  • Management of sanction risks

Social impact of payments

  • Payment policies to foster financial inclusion
  • Workers' remittances
  • Contribution of payments policies to the UN Sustainability Development Goals 

Regulatory initiatives impacting the payments market

  • Consumer protection
  • FSB cross-border roadmap
  • Competition law
  • FATF principles

As such, each 100-page issue of Journal of Payments Strategy & Systems publishes:

Detailed, practical guidance on developing payments strategy – authoritative articles analysing best practice, emerging issues and new thinking in how to develop a profitable, customer-focused payments strategy, written by leading payments experts. Each offers the latest thinking in payments strategy and product development.

Market reviews – learn about emerging opportunities, trends, developments, new entrants and technologies in corporate, retail and wholesale markets for payments - as well as what is happening in other country's payments industries – and how to apply this to your payments strategy and payment processing.

Case studies on managing business, risk and operational issues – ‘how-to’ actionable advice from payments experts at financial institutions detailing their practical experience and lessons learned in managing payment systems.

Central bank and regulator views – the latest thinking on security, efficiency and how payments systems can enhance financial sector stability, as well as how legal and regulatory changes create new business opportunities.

Essential reference-quality material for:

  • CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CTOs and CIOs with staff accountable for payments
  • Suppliers of payment services
    Payment strategists
    Transaction banking managers
    Card managers
    Product managers
    Treasury and liquidity managers
    Correspondent banking managers
    Operation and service  managers
    IT managers
    Risk and compliance managers
  • Buyers of payment services
    Corporate treasurers
    Treasurers of government agencies
    Cash managers
    Invoice managers
    Web retailer managers 
  • Payment, card and identity schemes
    Scheme managers
    Legal counsels
    Standards experts
  • Market infrastructures
    Clearing house and settlement experts
    Payments and card network experts
  • Central banks
    Market infrastructure specialists
    RTGS managers
    Collateral managers
    Oversight managers
  • Service providers 
    Third party processors
    Vendors of technology
  • Industry associations with members interested in payments
  • Academic institutions and business schools (Professors, lecturers, researchers and students with an interest in payments)



Join the conversation at:



Journal of Payments Strategy & Systems is listed and indexed in Scopus and Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities.