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Journal of Applied Accounting Research (JAAR) provides a forum for the dissemination of robust academic research that discusses and proposes field-driven solutions with the potential to change accounting practice and have an impact on the field. The journal clearly communicates insights on highly relevant topics for practice, policymakers and scholars alike.

ISSN: 0967-5426
eISSN: 0967-5426

Aims and scope

Editorial objective

The Journal of Applied Accounting Research (JAAR) wants to provide a forum for robust and theoretically substantiated research that aims to solve practical accounting related problems in organisations and the larger society. 

We aim to create impact with the research agenda in our journal and want to demonstrate that applied research perfectly complements purely theoretical research and is no less rigorous in its methods and scientific reasoning. Thus we invite and encourage all scholars in the fields of accounting, finance and governance - but also from economics, management, organization studies and law - to contribute to this mission by submitting their current research in the wide-ranging field of accounting and to choose an open-access path to enable a broad dissemination of their works. 

With the JAAR we want to showcase the high-quality nature of contextualised applied accounting research with relevant practical implications and contribute to a field-driven theoretical understanding.

Editorial criteria

Articles for the journal may be conceptual or empirical and qualitative or quantitative in their choice of methods. We particularly invite interdisciplinary approaches and rigorous scholarly papers that take up the outcomes of industry-academia collaborations and discuss their theoretical and practical implications. The manuscripts need to follow the JAAR formatting guidelines and especially adhere to the maximum word-count of around 8.000 words. Besides scientific rigour, a good structure with a clear flow of arguments and a solid command of the English language, the journal also requires a clear relevance for its target audiences, a well explained contextualisation and carefully derived practical implications of the research with a sound reflection on theory. 


Subject matter may include, but is not limited to:

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Good Governance and Internal Control Structures
  • Management Accounting
  • Public sector accounting
  • Business and Shareholder Value 
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Taxation and Accounting
  • Accounting and Organisations
  • Societal Aspects of Accounting 
  • Sustainability and ESG Accounting
  • Impact Investing and Accounting for Green Finance
  • Digital Accounting and Accounting Information Systems


The journal encourages articles on topics of current interest to accounting scholars with a high practical relevance for organisations or the larger society. We encourage our researchers to look for new solutions to or new ways of thinking about practises and problems as well as invite well-founded critical perspectives.

The JAAR provides also an open-minded outlet and especially invites top-current accounting research in the new areas of sustainability accounting, impact and green financing and the digital transformation of our field – accounting research that takes on the global challenges to reach the sustainable development goals.

Key journal audiences

Journal audiences will be scholars, who are interested in reading and contributing to accounting related research that has the potential to create impact with a high practical relevance, professionals in the financial services industry, who want to get well informed about current field-driven accounting research, and policymakers, who want to think about accounting-driven solutions to wicked societal problems.

This journal is aligned with our responsible management goal

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of contributing to a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working.

SDG 8 Decent work & economic growth
SDG 9 Industry, innovation & infrastructure
SDG 10 Reduced inequalities
SDG 11 Sustainable cities & communities
SDG 12 Responsible consumption & production
SDG 13 Climate action
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