The Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal Community in its 30th year

Garry Carnegie, Christopher Napier

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Purpose – The paper examines the origins and development of the “Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal (AAAJ) Community”, a flourishing international interdisciplinary accounting research community. This scholarly community has emerged over some 30 years from the publication in 1988 of the inaugural issue of AAAJ under the joint editorship of James Guthrie and Lee Parker. This historical account discusses the motivation for establishing the journal and the important publishing initiatives, developments and trends across this period. The study positions the journal as a key thought leader, the catalyst for other Community activities such as the Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) conference.
Design/methodology/approach – The investigation involved a selective review of the contents of AAAJ, particularly the annual editorials published since inception, and other relevant literature, analysis of the main research themes and the most cited papers, and oral history interviews with the joint editors. The future prospects for the AAAJ Community are addressed.
Findings – The AAAJ Community has shaped and led developments in interdisciplinary accounting research. Recognised for innovation and with a reputation for nurturing scholars, AAAJ continues to grow in stature as one of the world’s leading accounting journals, challenging the status quo and fostering inclusive scholarship.
Research limitations/implications – The study does not examine the journal’s publication patterns nor assess in detail the research studies that have been published in the journal.
Originality/value – The study recognises AAAJ as central to the development of an interdisciplinary accounting research community, firmly located in the sociological, critical and interpretative tradition also associated with some other leading accounting journals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1642-1676
Number of pages35
JournalAccounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2017


  • Accountability Research
  • Accounting Research
  • Auditing Research
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Critical Research
  • Interpretative Research

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