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Accounting and the Public Interest (Editorial Policy and Style Information)

Interim Editor: Professor Pamela Roush, University of Central Florida (

Accounting and the Public Interest is an academic journal published by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association. The journal, envisions as innovative and eclectic, welcomes alternative theories and methodologies as well as the more traditional ones. The common element in this diversity is the requirement that the study and its findings be linked to the public interest by situating them within the historical, social, and political context, and ultimately providing guidance for responsible action.

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Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (Journal Website)

Editors: Professor James E. Guthrie, University of Sydney and Professor Lee D. Parker, University of Adelaide

"Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal is acknowledged as a leading research resource for academics working to advance current accounting theory and practice through interdisciplinary, contextual and critical inquiry. The journal provides a forum for the publication of high quality manuscripts concerning the interaction between accounting/auditing and their socio-economic and political environments." (source: journal website)

Accounting, Organisations and Society (Journal Website)

Editor: Professor Christopher Chapman, Imperial College London

"Accounting, Organisations and Society is a major international journal concerned with all aspects of the relationship between accounting and human behaviour, organizational structures and processes, and the changing social and political environment of the enterprise. Its unique focus covers such topics as: the social role of accounting, social accounting, social audit and accounting for scarce resources; the provision of accounting information to employees and trade unions and the development of participative information systems; processes influencing accounting innovations and the social and political aspects of accounting standard setting; behavioural studies of the users of accounting information; information processing views of organizations, and the relationship between accounting and other information systems and organizational structures and processes; organizational strategies for designing accounting and information systems; human resource accounting; cognitive aspects of accounting and decision-making processes, and the behavioural aspects of budgeting, planning and investment appraisal." (source: journal website)

Advances in Public Interest Accounting (Journal Website)

Editor: Professor Cheryl R. Lehman, Hofstra University

"Advances in Public Interest Accounting is a research publication with two major aims. First, to provide a forum for researchers concerned with critically appraising and significantly transforming conventional accounting theory, practice, teaching and research. Second, to increase the social self-awareness of accounting practitioners, educators, and researchers, encouraging them to assume a greater responsibility for the profession's social role. We seek original manuscripts exploring all facets of this broad agenda." (source: journal website)

Critical Perspectives on Accounting (Journal Website)

Editor: Professor Marcia Annisette, York University, Professor Christine Cooper, University of Strathclyde, and Professor Dean Neu, York University

"Critical Perspectives on Accounting aims to provide a forum for the growing number of accounting researchers and practitioners who realize that conventional theory and practice is ill-suited to the challenges of the modern environment, and that accounting practices and corporate behavior are inextricably connected with many allocative, distributive, social, and ecological problems of our era. From such concerns, a new literature is emerging that seeks to reformulate corporate, social, and political activity, and the theoretical and practical means by which we apprehend and affect that activity." (source: journal website)

Journal of Accounting and Public Policy (Journal Website)

Editor: Professor Lawrence A. Gordon, University of Maryland

"Journal of Accounting and Public Policy publishes research papers focusing on the intersection between accounting and public policy. Preference is given to papers illuminating through theoretical or empirical analysis, the effects of accounting on public policy and vice-versa. Subjects treated in this journal include the interface of accounting with economics, political science, sociology, or law. The Journal includes a section entitled Accounting Letters. This section publishes short research articles that should not exceed approximately 3,000 words. The objective of this section is to facilitate the rapid dissemination of important accounting research. Accordingly, articles submitted to this section will be reviewed within fours weeks of receipt, revisions will be limited to one, and publication will occur within four months of acceptance." (source: journal website)

Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting (Journal Website)

Editor: Professor Cynthia Jeffrey, Iowa State University

"Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting" is devoted to publishing high-quality research and cases that focus on the professional responsibilities of accountants and how they deal with the ethical issues they face. The series features articles on a broad range of important and timely topics, including professionalism, social responsibility, ethical judgment, and accountability. The professional responsibilities of accountants are broad-based; they must serve clients and user groups whose needs, incentives, and goals may be in conflict. Further, accountants must interpret and apply codes of conduct, accounting and auditing principles, and securities regulations. Compliance with professional guidelines is judgment-based, and characteristics of the individual, the culture, and situations affect how these guidelines are interpreted and applied, as well as when they might be violated. Interactions between accountants, regulators, standard setters, and industries also have ethical components. Research into the nature of these interactions, resulting dilemmas, and how and why accountants resolve them, is the focus of this series." (source: journal website)

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Accounting and the Public Interest (Editorial Policy and Style Information)

Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (Journal Website)

Accounting, Organisations and Society (Journal Website)

Advances in Public Interest Accounting (Journal Website)

Critical Perspectives on Accounting (Journal Website)

Journal of Accounting and Public Policy (Journal Website)

Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting (Journal Website)


Accounting and the Public Interest

Accounting and the Public Interest is an academic journal published by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association. The journal takes the view that accounting is a social activity with far-ranging consequences for every citizen, welcoming innovation and eclecticism, alternative theories and methodologies, as well as the more traditional ones. The common element in this diversity is the requirement that the study and its findings be linked to the public interest by situating them within a historical, social, and political context, and ultimately providing guidance for responsible

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Letter from the Chair

Patrick Kelly

As I complete my two years as Section Chair, I am grateful to all those who have made positive contributions to our section. While there are too many to list in this Chairs letter, I would like to thank the following people for their important service.

First, is Amy Hageman, our Chair-Elect. I have worked with Amy on a number of issues during my term and I know she will do a terrific job as Section Chair. Thanks Amy! I look forward to continuing to work with Amy as I take over as Section Secretary-Treasurer.

I would also like to thank the other officers for their valuable service to our section during the past two years. As noted below, many of these folks will continue serving our section in a variety of ways.

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Call for Submissions

The Public Interest Section Midyear Meeting will be held March 31- April 1, 2017 at Westin Washington D.C. City Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The meeting will include a Doctoral/Early Scholar Consortium on Friday morning and plenary and research paper sessions on Friday afternoon and Saturday. The conference fee includes breakfast, section luncheons, and evening receptions.


The IMA has extended the deadline for the IRF Incubator Grant Program to January 31st. For more details, see Incubator Grant Call For Submissions.pdf


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