2014-2015 Publication Ethics Task Force

The purpose of creating publication standards is to support the creation of scholarly work. Working with the NIH, David B. Resnik, Bioethicist and NIEHS IRB Chair, describes the importance of developing and adhering to ethical norms in research as a means to "promote the aims of researchbuild values that are essential to collaborative work… and help to ensure that researchers can be held accountable to the public.

As a thought leader in Accounting, the American Accounting Association has the opportunity to develop community norms and policies to support authors, editors, and consumers of accounting research to create and provide stewardship for intellectual property of the highest caliber.


  • Benchmark with other scholarly publishers, supporting organizations, and policy makers to identify best practices in publication ethics.
  • Engage the accounting editorial community in discussion and evaluation of developing norms/policies.
  • Secure input on developing norms/policies from representatives of public accounting firms, corporations, the IRS, and other entities who sponsor research or provide data and/or subjects.
  • Identify the educational implications of the recommended norms/policies.
  • Develop norms and policies to guide the publications community in accounting.


  • Task Force members are appointed annually by the AAA President-Elect.


  • The Task Force meets as needed.


  • The Task Force will present to the Board of Directors recommendations related to norms, policies, and practices for ensuring research integrity in publications of the American Accounting Association.
  • If the Chair has any questions about the charge or responsibilities of this committee, s/he should contact the Executive Director, the President, or the committee’s Board of Directors Liaison.
  • The Chair will have the opportunity three times every term-year to prepare and send a progress report which will be available for the Board of Directors to review at their next meeting. This report should include accomplishments and suggested modifications and should be sent to the AAA President, the committee's Board of Directors Liaison, and staff liaison, Barbara Gutierrez (


Name / Affiliation Contact Term Length Term Expires
Mary Stone
University of Alabama
Margot Cella
Director of Research, Center for Audit Quality 3 08/2015
Steve Kachelmeier
University of Texas 3 08/2015
Kathryn Kadous
Emory University 2 08/2015
Terry Shevlin
University of California - Irvine 3 08/2015
Kristy Towry
Emory University 3 08/2015
Judy Luther
Informed Strategies
Staff Liaison
Julie Smith David
Board of Directors Liaison
Steve Kachelmeier
University of Texas

¹Resnik, David B. What is Ethics Research & Why is it Important? National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health. accessed on November 8, 2012.

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