Accounting Academics Perceptions of 12 Research Journals

35 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2021 Last revised: 29 Nov 2021

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F. Greg Burton

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy

William G. Heninger

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy

Scott L. Summers

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy

David A. Wood

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy

Date Written: November 26, 2021

Abstract

This paper reports perceptions of over 1,000 accounting faculty regarding 12 accounting journals (including the traditional Top 3/6), specifically in: (1) how open they are to diverse topic areas, (2) how open they are to diverse research methodologies, (3) how effectively they produce new and useful knowledge for academics, and (4) how effectively they produce new and useful knowledge for non-academic stakeholders. We find that the traditional Top 3/6 journals do not lead the academy along these four dimensions; in fact, some are viewed as the worst performers in these areas. Furthermore, we find that academics have a relatively poor understanding of the actual diversity of several journals. We also report perceptions of how each journal is currently valued and how each journal should be valued when evaluating faculty on research productivity. We find that the traditional Top 6 journals are and should be weighted as elite journals, but the other six journals should receive greater weighting.

Keywords: Top 3 journals, Top 6 journals, Accounting Journal Rankings, Journal Quality

JEL Classification: M4, M40, M41, M42, M49

Suggested Citation

Burton, Fielding Greg and Heninger, William G. and Summers, Scott L. and Wood, David A., Accounting Academics Perceptions of 12 Research Journals (November 26, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3813222 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3813222

Fielding Greg Burton

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy ( email )

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William G. Heninger

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy ( email )

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United States

Scott L. Summers

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy ( email )

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David A. Wood (Contact Author)

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