Conference Theme: Impact of COVID-19 on Accounting and Finance


Keynote Speaker:

Professor Khaled HussaineyUniversity of Portsmouth, UK

Lead Guest Editor:

Associate Professor Adel Sarea is the winner of Emerald Literati Award 2014 for Excellence. He has over 100 publications [SCOPUS, SSCI, ESCI, ABDC, ABS] and he has more than a decade of teaching experiences. He received many awards and invited as a keynote speaker on several occasions. He serves on the editorial team of several international journals published by Elsevier, Emerald and Taylor & Francis. He is a member of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ).

Co-Guest Editor:

Dr. Rihab Grassa is Faculty at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai-UAE as well as external associate researcher for the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Gestion Université–Enterprise in the High Institute of Accounting and Business Administration, University of Manouba, Tunisia. She worked as a researcher/analyst in KPMG Global Islamic Finance in Dubai, and as a manager for Islamic finance services in KPMG Tunisia. She is currently working on a number of projects that will promote the development of Islamic finance in Middle East and North African countries. She is an invited speaker to a number of prominent professional and academic forums and editor board member of many ranked journal in which she keeps trying in promoting the necessary infrastructure for the sustainable development of the Islamic finance industry. She remains actively engaged in the Islamic Finance industry, through preparing reports for governmental and financial institutions, conference contributions, research, publishing and drafting of reports and case of studies. She has published a wide variety of academic papers and conference proceedings, and has presented topic related to Islamic banking, Islamic finance, economic growth, financial development, Sukuk market, risks, governance.

Special Issue Topic:

Asian Journal of Accounting Research seeks scholarly manuscripts for a conference and special issue on the Impact of COVID-19 on Accounting and Finance, scheduled for publication in 2023.

"COVID-19 is an event that disrupts the pre-existing state of affairs changing natural, political, financial, or technical aspects of a system. It is a situation which is unfolding, and we cannot determine the end." (Yeoman, 2021).

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced countries and governments to rethink predictive analysis of the occurrence of these hazards and their social, economic, and financial implications around the world. It requires collaboration between the government, academia, researchers, media, and companies to tackle it (Bhattacharya et al., 2021). Global financial markets, institutions, and companies have experienced many crises in the past. But, after all that, they had adjusted enough to face similar possibilities in the future. Some of these crises are systematic and impact the whole world.

When COVID-19 was first identified in late 2019, scientists worldwide knew almost nothing about it (Edwards & Ott, 2021). The severe impact of Covid-19 initially left the government almost without a basis for developing and implementing a public health policy approach and even lacking the ability to propose a "balanced" health-economic public policy approach (Moon, 2020). The uncertainty and fear of this pandemic are now accompanied by fear of economic uncertainty, fear of the government itself, fear of excessive executive power, and fear that the government's plans for a vaccine rollout will be too late (Hall, 2021).

The COVID-19 pandemic has had severe economic consequences globally, which have caused dramatic changes in the way businesses act and consumer behavior and forced many businesses to close as it caused unprecedented trade disruptions in most industrial sectors. Companies face many short-term challenges, such as health and safety, supply chain, workforce, cash flow, consumer demand, sales, and marketing (Donthu & Gustafsson, 2020). At the same time, online communication, online entertainment, and online shopping are experiencing unprecedented growth.

In this context, perhaps the most exciting issue is critical because the global economy is affected by this pandemic; several studies on Covid-19, global finance, and how accounting response is essential to discuss. We hope that the work reported here will inspire new and ongoing research efforts in finance and accounting, particularly in this era of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Submission Procedure

Submissions to this journal are through the Scholar One submission system here:

Please visit the author guidelines for the journal at

Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop-down menu of the submission process.

Submission Deadline

Monday, 17 October 2022 

Important Dates

  • Open Call for Papers: Thursday, 2 September 2021
  • Submission deadline: Monday, 17 October 2022
  • Notification of presenters (plenary session): Monday, 24 October 2022
  • Conference date: Thursday, 17 November 2022 
  • Deadline for final revision for publication: Tuesday, 20 December 2022
  • Publication: 2023 

Special Issue Criteria:

Due to limited articles published in AJAR’s special issue, only articles presented in the plenary session will be included in AJAR’s special issue. Article acceptance for the special issue will be evaluated based on these criteria:

  1. Fit of the subject with the scope of AJAR’s special issue
  2. Potential to attract high-quality submissions
  3. Relevance and novelty of the topic
  4. Incorporation of relevant literatures
  5. Projected theoretical, practical, and policy implementations
  6. Attractiveness to wide readership
  7. Outlined organization of the editorial process
  8. Overall significance of intended contribution


If you have any queries, please feel free to discuss your manuscript ideas with the Guest Editors:

Associate Professor Adel Sarea
[email protected] 

Dr. Rihab Grassa
[email protected]


Bhattacharya, S., Smark, C., & Mir, M. (2021). COVID 19: Social, financial and economic implications. Australasian Accounting, Business and Finance Journal, 15(1 Special Issue), 1–4.

Donthu, N., & Gustafsson, A. (2020). Effects of COVID-19 on business and research. Journal of Business Research, 117, 284–289.

Edwards, F., & Ott, J. S. (2021). Governments’ Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Public Administration, 1–6.

Hall, J. L. (2021). Governance: Struggle and Strife—Or Synergy and Success—In the Trans-COVID Era. Public Administration Review, 81(1), 7–11.

Moon, M. J. (2020). Fighting COVID-19 with Agility, Transparency, and Participation: Wicked Policy Problems and New Governance Challenges. Public Administration Review, 80(4), 651–656.

Yeoman, I. (2021). Q. Can we manage demand in COVID-19 world? A. I don’t know. Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, 1–2.