The ABO Reporter



An academic journal published by the
Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association

Accounting and the Public Interest is the first exclusively online journal in the American Accounting Association's (AAA) current stable of academic journals and the only one that has as its primary focus to provide a forum for academic research addressing the public interest. Two volumes have been published and the 2003 issue is in process. These can be found at The journal, envisioned as innovative and eclectic, welcomes alternative theories and methodologies as well as the more traditional ones. The common element in this diversity is the requirement that a study and its findings be linked to the public interest by situating the findings within the economic, social, ethical, and political context, and ultimately providing guidance for responsible action. Responsible action can be promoted through research in all areas of accounting including, but not restricted to, financial accounting, auditing, accounting in organizations, social and environmental accounting, government and professional regulation, taxation, gender issues, professional and business ethics, information technology applications, accounting and business education, and governance of accounting organizations. Theoretical and empirical contributions, as well as literature reviews synthesizing the state of the art in specific areas, are considered appropriate. Replications and reinterpretations of previous work will also be considered. This editorial policy provides a publication outlet within the AAA for accounting research taking a socially responsive, and responsible perspective. Operationally our goal is to communicate a decision to the author within four to six weeks of receipt of a manuscript. We hope the new journal, and its constructive and responsive editorial procedures, will render research efforts relevant and rewarding for all concerned.

For instructions to authors and submission procedures, visit the Public Interest Section's homepage at, or contact Jesse Dillard, Editor, School of Business Administration, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207; Phone: (503) 725-2278; Email:

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