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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 engage with  international practical accounting related problems in organisations and  wider  society in the twenty-first century. Our world is currently dominated by fast moving events and characterised by issues which are complex, volatile, uncertain and ambiguous in nature. Therefore, we acknowledge that our environments are constantly transforming and adapting. With JAAR, we seek to create impact with the research agenda in our journal which engages with ideas to aid our anticipation in our fast-moving (accounting) environments.  

Our journal aims to demonstrate that applied research perfectly complements purely theoretical research. 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. In order to create research impact, we believe that insights from accounting and finance practice is key to our understanding of how theory translates into practice. 

With 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, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary 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
•    International Taxation and Accounting
•    International Accounting Standards and Standard Setting
•    Accounting and Organisations
•    Professional Accounting Practice and the Academic Nexus
•    Futures and the Financial World
•    Societal Aspects of Accounting
•    Equality, Diversity and Accounting
•    Sustainability and ESG Accounting
•    Social Innovation and Emerging Economies
•    Impact Investing and Accounting for Green Finance
•    Digital Accounting and Accounting Information Systems
•    Methodological Innovations in Accounting Research


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

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. In addition, we invite original research in the fast-moving area of futures and the financial world which will offer insights into facing the challenges of our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

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 2 Zero hunger
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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