Contemporary Accounting Research

Editorial Policy

Aims and Scope  

Contemporary Accounting Research (CAR), the premiere research journal of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association, publishes leading-edge research that contributes to our collective understanding of accounting’s role in organizations, markets or society. Canadian-based and global in scope, CAR seeks to reflect the worldwide intellectual diversity in accounting research.  Therefore, CAR welcomes interesting and intellectually rigorous work in all topic areas of accounting, using any appropriate method, and based in any discipline or research tradition that can contribute to accounting knowledge.

CAR Editorial and Peer Review Process

CAR accepts submissions written either in English or in French.  

The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) has ultimate responsibility for ensuring the quality of the journal. The EIC assesses each submitted manuscript to determine whether its topic falls within CAR’s Aims and Scope, and whether the likelihood of success is sufficiently high to merit review. If not, the paper is returned to the authors without review. If the paper merits review, the EIC assigns it to an Editor with relevant expertise. From time to time, ad hoc Editors, drawn from among the Consulting Editors and the Editorial Board, may be employed.  

The Editor assigned to a specific manuscript is responsible for the entire editorial and peer review process, subject to oversight by the EIC. CAR strives to offer authors a fair, constructive, expert, and timely review process. The Editor normally assigns two reviewers, who provide review reports and recommendations. CAR discourages reviewers from attempting to identify authors, and requires them to report any known conflicts of interest. The Editor decides on the paper’s disposition, using the review reports as input, and communicates with the authors. The EIC reviews all decisions to accept a paper for publication.


All appeals go through the EIC. An appeal requires a new submission fee, which is not refundable. No appeal may be made until at least one month has passed since the decision, and any appeal must be made within six months of the decision. The author should provide a letter explaining the basis for the appeal, generally an error and not a difference of opinion. The EIC will assign a judge to the appeal, normally a Consulting Editor. The judge will have access to all submissions, reviews and correspondence related to the manuscript, and may communicate with any of the parties involved (authors, reviewers and Editor). The judge will decide whether to re-start the review process, and if so, whether to do so with the same Editor. The judge’s decision is final.  

Manuscripts should be directed to:

Professor Patricia C. O'Brien, Editor-in-Chief
Contemporary Accounting Research

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