Submission & Review Process
The review process
EAA adopts a number of rules and requirements aimed to ensure the quality of the review process and high academic standards for the papers to be presented. The Scientific Committee includes more than 250 members, who are academics with relevant experience in their respective fields. Without their voluntary support, the review process would simply not be possible. The submission categories seek to convey a clear picture of the topics and research methods. Also, a clear scoring methodology allows to assist reviewers in the review process. Finally, sessions with experts in the field acting as discussant of papers are scheduled for an increasing number of papers. All these provisions are aimed at ensuring a smooth review process, a good quality of selected papers, as well as relevant feedback to authors during the conference.
With the aim to improve the academic profile of the EAA annual congresses, the SSC has been implementing new changes during the last few years. These range from the requirement of full papers only to the introduction of discussants for papers of particular interest. The review process has also been improved. Not only has the SC gradually been increased up to 250 members, including the SSC members, but the scoring methodology has also been refined and included on this website (see below). Moreover, the submission categories have been gradually revised to obtain a clearer picture of the topics and research methods. In our view this will not only improve the review process but also the organisation of the sessions.
In order to increase the dialogue amongst various research perspectives, and to avoid the creation of dogmatic paradigms, the SSC employs a submission procedure that tries to capture both the topic and method of a submitted paper. In this way, sessions could be organised according to topics but each author/paper will carry a ‘key’ identifying the research method/perspective that the author thinks better describes the paper. This will facilitate the work of the SSC in preparing sessions and will make it possible to combine in a session papers in different ways (e.g. keeping homogeneity of methods or mixing them as they deal with the same topic). The result will hopefully be interesting as comparison of approaches is now possible.
Consequently authors are invited to submit papers to any of the categories indicated below:
A) Subject/Topic of the paper submitted:
AU = Auditing
IS = Accounting and Information Systems
AM = Analytical/Modelling
CF = Case/Field Study
Regarding the 2021 conference, there will be three types of sessions:
The decision to be included in each of these sessions will be made by the SSC taking into account the scores obtained in the review process.
If your paper is accepted for a PSD session, you are expected to be a discussant for another paper.
To 'anchor' the grading of the papers to be presented at the congress, the following assumption will be made: be ready for submission to a journal like European Accounting Review (EAR) or Accounting in Europe (AinE). If so they will score a 4 in the scoring system outlined below. As the 4 is the reference level we now give more information on what 4 would represent for papers submitted, but first keep in mind the definition of full papers provided above.
To achieve a 4, a full paper defined submitted should:
Based on the 'anchor', the scoring system is:
6 → The paper has very good chances in the review process of a good accounting journal (e.g. EAR or AinE).
The reviewers’ comments, when available, will be systematically released to the authors. However, comments from the reviewers will not be compulsory and authors should not expect the same type of comments made when submitting to a journal.
Should you have questions, please contact Baha Diyarov, the EAA 2021 Paper Review Coordinator, via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).