Call for Papers - 2022 Accountability in a Sustainable World Conference

Conference dates

11 Nov 2022 - 12 Nov 2022


UNFCCC COP 27, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt


Call for Papers
Accountability in a Sustainable World
Inaugural Issue
Conference, November, 11 & 12, 2022
UNFCCC COP 27, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

The inaugural issue of Accountability in a Sustainable World will coincide with a conference held on November 11 and 12, 2022 in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2022 (UNFCCC COP 27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The conference will include 12 plenary speeches, 4 panel discussions, and 12 contributed talks. These sessions will be presented either virtually or in-person. Some sessions may be pre-recorded. The goal is to have no more than 40% virtual speakers. Registration will be arranged for both virtual (nearly unlimited) and in-person (100 - 200) attendees.
The first issue of Accountability in a Sustainable World Quarterly will be a compendium of the conference sessions.
The goal of the journal and the conference is to form a firm foundation for the exchange of ideas about pressing questions which have the potential to be answered/informed by academic research.

Contributed talks are sought from academics and practitioners. Practitioner speakers are asked to pose questions (say 5), which they believe should be on the academics’ research agendas and academics are asked to present aspects of their research, which are particularly informative to a wide cross-section of practitioners. Submissions of a summary (2,000 to 4,000) words of the talk are sought. The Editors of the journal will choose the 12 most suitable submissions. Accepted submissions will be presented at the conference and published in the inaugural issue. Other submissions may be considered for future issues of the journal.

The founding editors of Accountability in a Sustainable World Quarterly recognize the immediate need for dialogue among academics and practitioners about sustainability, accountability, measurement, assurance of the measures, data to inform (responsible) investment decisions and accountability in setting of personal, corporate and public sector goals. The aim of Accountability in a Sustainable World Quarterly is to meet this need.

The goals will be to (1) build and strengthen the links between academia (both teaching and research) and practice, (2) encourage younger academics by providing an opportunity to present their work to both academics and practitioners, and (3) provide opportunities for practitioners to communicate with academics and influence their work. The journal will be cross-disciplinary, with a focus on measurement, assurance of the measurements, and use of the measures. Articles will be short (2,000 to 4,000 words) and written by academics and practitioners with the intended readership comprising both of these groups.

We expect that Accountability in a Sustainable World Quarterly will be the leading practitioner-focused journal in the accounting for sustainability and responsible investing space. The journal will advance the creation and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of issues of topical practical relevance through the publication of rigorous, peer-reviewed, research and thought-pieces written by cutting edge academics and practitioners. The main focus of the peer-review process will be on the authenticity of the results, claims, and conclusions in the paper.

The most important features of published papers will be topics related to climate change, ESG, CSR, and sustainability reporting provided that:
• The findings are of interest to and useful for accounting and investment practitioners
• The findings have inference and application to an accounting and investment management audience beyond a particular region or sector
• The exposition is not excessively theoretical or technical, although some technical presentation may sometimes be necessary
• The arguments incorporate practical considerations, such as implementation, relevance to regulators and standard setters, implications for preparers, auditors and users of reports etc.
• Where possible, alternative and supported opinions will be published in the same issue or consecutive issues

In addition to submissions of work that has not been published elsewhere, submissions may be non-technical expositions of technical work that have been published in journals where the primary audience is academics.

Please submit papers via email to lmarsh1@ on or before May 31, 2022. A non-refundable submission fee of $200 must be received within 10 business days of submission. Checks should be made out to CARE and mailed to Lorie Marsh, University of Notre Dame, 126G Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

Please address questions to:
Founding Editors:
Jan Bouwens: Amsterdam Business School,
Peter Easton: Mendoza School of Business, University of Notre Dame,
W. Robert Knechel: Warrington College of Business, University of Florida,
Shiva Rajgopal: Columbia Business School,
Managing Editor:
Lorie Marsh: Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame,