Construction of research articles in the leading interdisciplinary accounting journals

Charl de Villiers, John Dumay

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the construction of articles published in three highly ranked interdisciplinary accounting journals. The analysis is based on articles published during 2010 in Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal (AAAJ), Accounting, Organizations and Society (AOS) and Critical Perspectives on Accounting (CPA). The authors develop a framework and examine characteristics of the published articles, including the prose. Based on the construction of accounting academic articles in the highly ranked interdisciplinary journals, the authors introduce a simplified concept of the five distinct major parts of an article, make some taken-for-granted aspects of article construction explicit and conclude that alternatives, if used effectively, can add to the quality of an article. Finally, there is a discussion of, and a reflection on, how the taken-for-granted rules of academic publishing can be challenged. This article is limited by the authors' own analysis and interpretations of AAAJ, AOS and CPA articles published during 2010. As far as can be ascertained, the authors are the first to examine the construction of research articles published in high ranking interdisciplinary accounting journals. The paper can assist emerging scholars in the process of planning and writing their own articles. For seasoned researchers, the paper's insights may serve to reaffirm or help further develop their approach. The paper also contributes to the ongoing debate around the pressure to publish, the measurement of publications, and the difficulties of getting published.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)876-910
Number of pages35
JournalAccounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

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