Replications and Non-Significant Result Studies
Behavioral Research in Accounting will add “Research Notes” in order to publish two specific types of studies with the purpose of improving our science. We hope to inform the literature, which is often biased against publishing these types of studies, and to aid researchers working in the field of behavioral accounting.
Manuscripts reporting on replications should clearly identify the study or studies being replicated. The manuscript should highlight any differences from the prior work (e.g., measurements, manipulations, participants, etc.) and how these differences inform the literature (e.g., validity/robustness of construct). Relative to an original research article, the introduction and hypotheses development sections should be substantially scaled back. The goal is that the text will be around 10 pages and the use of tables and figures should be limited as well. The purpose of such a study is to demonstrate the robustness and inferential value of prior findings by incorporating a broader use of the scientific method in our field. While the review process will be the same as it is for main articles, please indicate in your submission that your manuscript is a replication.
Studies with Non‐Significant Results
To attempt to address the quandary of journals only publishing positive results, BRIA will accept manuscripts where the primary hypotheses are not supported by the statistical analyses. Such studies will need to “go the extra mile” to ensure that the lack of results is informative to the literature. For example, submissions will be scrutinized over issues of power and construct validity as well as internal validity of the design. These manuscripts need to be written as efficiently as possible preferably 50‐75% of the length of a typical main article. While the review process will be the same as it is for main articles, please indicate in your submission that your manuscript is a “no‐results” study.