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Academic performance, publishing and peer review: peering into the twilight zone

James Guthrie (Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia AND Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy)
Lee D Parker (School of Accounting, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia AND School of Management, Royal Holloway College, University of London, London, UK)
John Dumay (Department of Accounting & Corporate Governance, Faculty of Business & Economics, Macqurie University, Ryde, Australia)

Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

ISSN: 0951-3574

Article publication date: 19 January 2015




The purpose of this paper is to present a critique of published research access and peer review, considering their impacts on accounting scholarship.


The paper is based on literature and publishing document review, experiential reflections and argument.


The authors reveal changes in publishing formats and accessibility, the challenges of managing research quality and significance and the challenges of avoiding constraint and foreclosure of significant new knowledge and its effective dissemination.

Research limitations/implications

This paper discusses the research and publishing community’s opening to new, flexible opportunities for knowledge creation and dissemination.


The discussion challenges the status quo of traditional academic journal publication and points to an innovative future.



As always, the editors thank the authors, editorial board, ad hoc reviewers and readers for their engagement in continuing to support AAAJ’s interdisciplinary accounting research mission and in contributing in so many different ways to its building of a scholarly community. The editors look forward to continuing that ongoing and pleasurable task of participating in the building of the interdisciplinary accounting research community.


Guthrie, J., Parker, L.D. and Dumay, J. (2015), "Academic performance, publishing and peer review: peering into the twilight zone", Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 2-13.



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