Accounting Journals

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The guide below will walk you through various financial and accounting publications. In addition, it provides background to help make an informed choice about which publications you’d like to subscribe to, submit an article for, or join the editorial board of.

Whether an accounting student, faculty member, researcher or practicing professional, staying current on trends, research and techniques advances your career.

Introduction to Accounting Journals

The guide below will walk you through various financial and accounting journals.  In addition, it provides background to help make an informed choice about which publications you’d like to subscribe to, submit an article for or join the editorial board of.

Today’s accounting professional has thousands of resources at his/her fingertips. However, if you crave academically rigorous new findings, you need high-quality, peer-reviewed resources that you can trust. Peer-reviewed sources differ from mainstream publications because they are written largely by – and for – researchers and scholars. They also typically focus on previously unpublished research that adheres to a rigorous protocol.

Readers can access many of these publications via subscription only. A few offer open access options that make new research available to anyone at no cost.

Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance

The Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance, a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication, focuses primarily on accounting students and faculty. It also holds interest for researchers in both auditing and accounting. Overall, the journal aims to contribute to the advancement of accounting knowledge. In addition, the this accounting journal explores topics relevant to finance, economics and operations. It publishes mainly empirical, analytical and experimental works.

In addition, the this accounting journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics. This committee exists to promote integrity in the publication of research. It has been described as a must-have resource for accounting and auditing faculty, researchers and students. The journal originated in 1986 and currently makes up part of the Sage Publications portfolio. 

Content and Team

Examples of articles include, “The Role of Accounting Conservatism in Capital Structure Adjustments,”  and “Determinants and Consequences of Nonprofit TransparencThe Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance lists as its editor Rutgers University’s Bharat Sarath. An editorial board consisting of 22 faculty members represents colleges and universities across the United States. This group makes editorial decisions under the guidance of the editor and 13 associate editors. The editorial team looks for all types of studies to be part of its content. Research must advance the collective body of knowledge within accounting. The journal insists that all submissions be new and original. It should not be under consideration with any other publication.


You can access this accounting journal either by individual or institutional subscription, in both print and e-access versions. Subscription prices range from $49 to $559.

For more information, to subscribe or to submit an article for publication, see the Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance.

Journal of Business Finance and Accounting

The Journal of Business Finance and Accounting  publishes 10 times per year. It focuses on the relationships among corporate governance, accounting and corporate finance. The journal has continuously published since 1974. In addition, JBFA each year sponsors a Capital Markets Conference, which includes a corresponding special issue that highlights conference papers.

JBFA exists to pursue and share the highest quality research regarding the relationships mentioned above. These interfaces are critical in many areas. They include financial performance measurement, managerial reward and control structures, valuation, and financial reporting and communication.

Content and Team

The journal accepts both empirical and theoretical submissions, though it seeks to strike a balance between theory and implementation or impact. The editorial team views accounting and finance as being closely akin to economics, so some studies are theoretically grounded in economics.

Peter F. Pope, of Bocconi University in Italy and the London School of Economics, serves as senior editor, along with Andrew Stark of the Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom. They work with a team of 13 editors, two consulting editors and a 47-member editorial board from across the world.

Recent examples of selected articles include, “The Influence of Other Comprehensive Income on Discretionary Expenditures,” “Finding Diamonds in the Rough: Analysts’ Selective Following of Loss-reporting Firms,” and “Demand for Fair Value Accounting: The Case of the Asset Revaluation Boom in Korea During the Global Financial Crisis.”


JBFA, like some other publications, offers authors the OnlineOpen option, which makes article(s) immediately available to the general public at no charge. Otherwise, readers access the journal by subscription at either the individual or institutional level rate, ranging from $318 to $4817.

Contemporary Accounting Research

Contemporary Accounting Research touts itself as the premiere research journal of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association. As such, it explores cutting-edge research that furthers the accounting field’s collective knowledge of the accounting function’s philosophical and strategic role within various organizations, societies and/or markets.

Based in Canada, but global in its approach, the journal seeks to reflect intellectual diversity across the world as represented in the body of accounting-focused research. To that end, the journal actively seeks rigorous and challenging new work on a variety of accounting topics, as long as appropriate research methods are employed. This results in a presentation of topics that represent the diversity of accounting, as long as they are based in a discipline or research tradition that furthers empirical understanding of accounting.

Content and Team

To illustrate, a few of the journal’s most popular posts have included titles like, “An Incomplete Audit at the Earnings Announcement: Implications for Financial Reporting Quality and the Market’s Response to Earning,” “The Loss of Information Associated with Binary Audit Reports: Evidence from Auditors’ Internal Control and Going Concern Opinions,” and “Internal Information Quality and the Sensitivity of Investment to Market Prices and Accounting Profits.”

Michael Welker of Queens University serves as the journal’s editor-in-chief, while Jeffrey Pittman from Memorial University of Newfoundland serves as deputy editor-in-chief. The publication boasts eight consulting editors from various countries and 24 editors from universities across the globe. The journal’s editorial board consists of 154 faculty members from all over the world.

Ultimately, the editor-in-chief bears authority and responsibility for ensuring journal quality and integrity. At the same time, study/article authors are expected to guarantee that the work submitted to the journal is always original – so you won’t see their content anywhere else.


The accounting journal offers the OnlineOpen option for open access, which makes articles immediately available publicly at no charge. You can subscribe to Contemporary Accounting Research via its website; it’s available as an institutional subscription. Depending on whether you choose print, online, or a combination of both, prices range from $981 to $1227.

Journal of Banking and Finance

The Journal of Banking and Finance  presents both empirical and theoretical research studies that touch all major research fields in banking and finance. This accounting journal strives to provide an appropriate dissemination point for the ever-growing scholarly output that explores both financial institutions and the markets within which they operate.

The Journal of Banking and Finance ranked as one of the six most elite finance journals in the world as recently as 2011 and has been continuously published since 1977. In 1989 the publication absorbed the previously published Studies in Banking and Finance.

Content and Team

The journal focuses on theoretical developments and how they’re implemented, plus empirical, applied and policy-oriented study. In addition, the journal exists to improve communication both between and within the research community, policymakers and operational decision makers at financial organizations – this encompasses public and private, national and international – and regulators. Specific topics historically covered include banking regulation, corporate finance, derivative pricing and hedging, financial forecasting and many more.

The journal boasts 100 editors on its editorial board, representing universities ranging from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, to Texas A&M University and Georgia Tech.

Competition can be fierce to be published in this accounting journal. It receives roughly 1500 new submissions every year in areas ranging from asset management to investments and market microstructure. Examples of recent titles include, “Risk and Risk Management in the Credit Card Industry,” “Measuring Firm Size in Empirical Corporate Finance,” and “Optimal Delta Hedging for Options.”


The Journal of Banking and Finance supports open access publication. It also offers a subscription model; ultimately, the study author chooses whether the end user can access the article at no cost.

Print subscriptions start at $310 and rise as high as $5684, depending on whether you’re looking for an individual or institutional subscription. You can also request a quote for the eJournal through the Journal of Banking and Finance website.

Journal of International Financial Management & Accounting

The Journal of International Financial Management & Accounting publishes fresh, original research exploring international aspects of financial reporting. This also includes management, auditing and taxation, and banking and financial services. The publication, produced by Wiley-Blackwell,  provides a forum for exchanging ideas from both practitioners and academics. It has continuously published since 1989. It has also served as the official journal of the International Association for Accounting Education and Research since 1999. As such, this accounting journal supports the mission of the association – to promote accounting education excellence, along with rigorous research worldwide. It also seeks to optimize the contribution of accounting academics to developing and maintaining high-quality, world-renowned standards of accounting practice.

The JIFMA prides itself on keeping readers up-to-date on trends and new developments in the financial management and accounting fields. This accounting journal straddles the line between theory and practice. Both are increasingly dependent on a good understanding of everything from institutional, regulatory and accounting differences to the impact of imperfections in the world product, factor and financial markets.

Content and Team

The editorial board comprises two editors: Professor Sidney Gray from the University of Sydney, Australia, and Professor Richard Levish, of New York University.  In addition, two editors serve specifically for the institutional perspectives section and a 22-member editorial board represents universities from Copenhagen to London and Chicago. The team is supported by an editorial assistant.

Recent popular articles like “Financial Constraints and Synergy Gains from Mergers and Acquisitions,” “The Effect of Cash Holdings on Firm Performance in Large Italian Companies,” and “International Financial Reporting Standards Adoption and Information Quality: Evidence from Brazil” provide a cross-section of the types of articles you can expect.


The JIFMA offers authors an Online Open option that makes their articles freely available to anyone at no cost.

The  JIFMA also offers subscriptions for either individuals or institutions at rates ranging from $1382 to $1727. Subscriptions can be purchased on the JIFMA website.

British Accounting Review

The British Accounting Review publishes original scholarly work that addresses topics under the umbrellas of accounting and finance. This publication touts itself as “eclectic” and “pluralistic,” and welcomes submissions across research methodologies. Those may include experimental, survey, archival, qualitative case methods and analytical. It also boasts an interest in and acceptance of a broad range of topics.  Those may include everything from management accounting and accounting history to financial management and auditing.

The British Accounting Review also serves as the official journal of the British Accounting and Finance Association and helps uphold the association’s mission by educating and connecting users across various disciplines. The journal’s editors number 68 and represent colleges and universities like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Turku School of Economics in Turku, Finland, and the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia.

Content and Team

Recent articles of interest have included such titles as “The Effects of Environmental, Social and Governance Disclosures and Performance on Firm Value: A Review of the Literature in Accounting and Finance,” “What Do We Know About Audit Quality?” and “20 Years of Studies on the Balanced Scorecard: Trends, Accomplishments, Gaps and Opportunities for Future Research.” Some of the journal’s most frequently cited articles explore balanced scorecard trends and capital accounting and debate.

While based in the United Kingdom, the British Accounting Review reflects its multi-national users and accepts research and articles from across the globe.


Contributors have options for how to publish their work. This accounting journal offers an open access model or a subscription model. With open access, articles are available both to journal subscribers and to the general public with permitted reuse. The subscription model makes articles available to subscribers through the journal’s access programs. An open access publication fee applies under the open access path. No open access publication fee applies to the subscription option.

Readers may purchase subscriptions on the British Accounting Review website– a print subscription runs $90.

Developing the habit of lifelong learning within your field is essential for success, in today’s environment, whether academic or professional. Choosing from any of these publications will help you stay abreast of latest trends and evidence-based approaches.

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