The Italian NMS draws our attention to the following call for papers; we believe it noteworthy for all EFFAS members and encourage you to participate as you see fit:
Call for papers launched by the academic journal "Financial Reporting"
(http://www.frjournal.eu/) for a Special Issue devoted to:
"The 'Real' Impact Factor: Accounting Research, Practice, and Users"
The Co-Guest Editors of the Call for papers are: Prof. Stefano Zambon (University of Ferrara) and Dr Alan Teixeira (Senior Technical Director, International Accounting Standards Board - IASB).
The initiative is run in collaboration with the IASB Research Center and under the auspices of the Italian Professors of Accounting and Business Economics (SIDREA).
Please find more information in the linked documents.
The deadline for submitting the research papers and notes on the topic is:
15 August 2015.
Earlier submissions are encouraged. All the research methodologies and approaches are welcome.
Below and in the linked documentation you can find a description of the rationales of the Call for papers and the associated Symposium.
The authors of the most promising papers will be invited to present their work at an International Research Symposium that is associated with the above Call for papers (see documentation).
The event will take place in London on 9 September 2015 at Ernst & Young (1 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AF), and is carried out in collaboration with the IASB Research Center, with the support of Ernst & Young and ICAS, and under the auspices of the Italian Professors of Accounting and Business Economics (SIDREA).
Confirmed speakers of the Conference include at the moment:
- Prof. Alberto Quagli, University of Genoa, and Editor of Financial Reporting;
- Mr. Mario Abela, International Federation of Accountants (IFAC);
- Prof. Jane Broadbent, Royal Holloway University, and Deputy Chair of the UK REF Sub-Panel on “Business and Management Studies”;
- Prof. Baruch Lev, Stern School of BUsiness, New York University;
- Prof. Peter Pope, London School of Economics;
- Mr. Brian Singleton-Green, Institute of Charted Accountants in England and Wales - ICAEW;
- Dr Alan Teixeira, Senior Technical Director, IASB;
- Mr. Allister Wilson, Senior Partner, Ernst & Young, UK, and Convener of the ICAS Research Committee;
- Prof. Stefano Zambon, University of Ferrara, and Associate Editor of the journal.
If you are interested to attend the International Research Symposium, please write to Mrs. Joanna Wille (email@example.com) to register.
Call for papers and Conference - Rationales
As sources of funding for universities and academic research are under ever mounting pressures, there is a growing demand amid public authorities of various countries for researchers to demonstrate the impact of their work on real world. In particular, the Research Excellence Framework (REF – formerly Research Assessment Exercise-RAE) currently run in the UK includes the need for an explicit and documented information on the concrete effect of the scholarly work on “real life” and professional realms. Also the Netherlands, Canada and Australia governments are following a similar line.
Accounting researchers facing this new demand may encounter comparatively greater difficulties in demonstrating such an impact of their work. Indeed, there have been recurrent claims, from both practitioners and academics, that much accounting research is today virtually irrelevant to practice, the profession and the standard setting.
This subject area is becoming even more significant today owing to the new trend that accounting standard setters and international institutions have taken, i.e. the search for a stricter collaboration with academic research in order to better inform their activity, identify problems and issues, devise the most appropriate solutions, understand the implementation effects of standards, frameworks and recommendations, as well as justify and support the choices made. Evidence-supported accounting standard setting calls naturally for more policy-oriented research, which still does not appear to be a fully-fledged and frequently pursued approach in the accounting literature.
Accordingly, it seems to be the right time to start debating also the related theme of the self-referentiality of academic research in the accounting domain.