Musings on Accounting Research by Steve

Home » 2018 » April (Page 2)

Monthly Archives: April 2018

Elesvier fun and games

Elesvier has apparently changed its Editorial Management system for journal submissions.  It has caused some interesting emails to be sent.  A couple of examples:

  1. march – an email from a senior accounting journal telling me both reviews were in and the editor would be making a decision shortly.  never had this happen before and i wonder if i got the editor’s email instead as some 22 days later still no decision.
  2. april – got an email from a senior accounting journal reminding me that my review was LATE.  The email went on to tell me that my review due date was April 28.  Last I checked, there is still 12 days until April 28 (and this is not a revised due date it is the original due date).

Gotta love editorial management systems.  Mind you as one who has been around long enough to have to submit three paper copies of articles, mail  them in to the editor, and to get papers to review by mail, I still understand we are much better off than before.

But, as a Senior Editor at the AAA, it reminds me that I can live with the quirks of AllenTrack if this is the sort of thing changing EM systems brings.  Let the next much younger senior editor deal with that switch – PLEASE.

But speaking of publishing

My first issue as BRIA Senior Editor is coming along!  The first paper formally accepted by my team was edited by Bertrand Malsch and is a field study of governance committees in public companies.  Shortly after than Donna Bobek Schmitt accepted a methods empirical piece examining characteristics of MTurk workers at might affect the interpretation of the results of accounting experiments.  Finally, I accepted a paper on methods about P-hacking in experimental research with a focus on audit experiments. We also have a number of papers for regular articles, replication studies, a null results paper and other methods pieces that are well along the publication path.

To cap this all off, I just received agreement from the AAA Editorial Offices that we could title our “Research Notes” section with what it has become: “Methods, Notes and Replications.”  Look forward to this in the first issue of 2019.

I want to thank our new managing editor, Nate Smith, for readily agreeing with this change.  I also want to thank our departing managing editor, Jake Bateman, for the great work he has done on the transition between editors and for the high level of professionalism he brought to the roll. Jake left the AAA to pursue other interests in beautiful Florida (yesterday was his first day of work there).

Best to Jake and welcome Nate!

(if you do not think I noticed the alliteration, you would be wrong!)

updating the publishing model

It has been 10 months since I took over as BRIA Senior Editor.  The first issue of 2019 will be my first issue as Senior Editor.  Rick Hatfield’s papers will fill the journal for the rest of 2018. (Yep you have read those dates right!).

These long lags are part of the reason that a decade ago I championed the use in journals of “Early Views,” “Accepted papers” and a variety of other names as headings for the posting of accepted papers online as early as possible.  It seemed then, as it seems today, that it is ridiculous that we await publication of papers for months if not sometimes years (yes, you journal that takes years know who you are) for papers to be published “officially”.

The day of formally releasing journal issues is likely soon to be gone.  And I for one will not be sorry to see it go!!!!

%d bloggers like this: