Financial Accounting and Reporting Section

Best Paper Award

The Financial Accounting and Reporting Section recognizes the desirability of promoting effective and mutually beneficial interaction among academic and practicing members. This interaction occurs at Section activities and through research performed by Section members.

The Best Paper Award is intended to enhance such interaction and provide an incentive for researchers to focus their efforts on topics relevant to the practicing profession and standard-setters. The award will be made to the author(s) of a financial accounting and reporting paper judged to best reflect the tradition of academic scholarship and be of relevance to problems facing the accounting profession and standard-setters.

The Best Paper Award carries with it a $1,500 cash prize and engraved plaques for the authors of the winning paper. The winner is announced and recognized at the Section's meeting during the AAA Annual Meeting in year of the award.

Rules and Submission Procedures

Papers must have been published within the five calendar years (2013-2017) prior to the award year. At least one author of the paper must be a member of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section.

Papers not selected for the award may be re-submitted for nomination in subsequent years, subject to the five-year limitation.

Papers will be judged by an Awards Committee appointed by the President of the Section.

A paper nominated shall be accompanied by a letter, preferably by a non-author of the paper, explaining the basis for the nomination.

To submit a nomination, e-mail a pdf file of the nominated paper and an accompanying nomination letter to the Chair of the Best Paper Award Committee by March 1, 2018:

Chair of the FARS Best Paper Award Committee – Gwen Yu (

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