The purpose of this paper is to examine the profile of accounting research in the two academic accounting research journals in South Africa (Meditari Accountancy Research and SA Journal of Accounting Research) during the ten‐year period from 2000 to 2009.
The archival research method is applied, which analyses existing data (in this case the articles published in the South African (SA) accounting research journals) to come to research conclusions. The research method used to analyse the related articles in the SA accounting research journals is based on various international studies. The following dimensions are assessed: authorship; research field; the nature of the research; and research methods. Authorship is classified by institution, and the top seven authors by relative contribution are also identified. Both empirical and theoretical work are classified separately in different research methods.
These different dimensions provide a broad‐based review of the current profile of accounting research in South Africa.
Other refereed academic articles in the field of accounting have been published in non‐accounting specific SAPSE‐approved journals. These articles are also excluded from the scope of this research since the journals in which they are published have not been established by accounting academics specifically.
The motivation for doing this research is to identify the current profile of accounting research in South Africa that could be used as a basis for future research‐related development.
Knowledge of the profile of accounting research in South Africa could provide opportunities for scholars to expand identified research areas and explore methods that are currently under‐developed in the South African accountancy research field. The paper also acknowledges the contributions by the most prolific authors in the identified journals.
Coetsee, D. and Stegmann, N. (2012), "A profile of accounting research in South African accounting journals", Meditari Accountancy Research, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 92-112. https://doi.org/10.1108/10222521211277807Download as .RIS
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