The British Accounting Review - Call For Special Issue Proposals & Research Letter Articles


The British Accounting Review
Call For Special Issue Proposals & Research Letter Articles

• The British Accounting Review (BAR) publishes original scholarly papers across the whole spectrum of accounting and finance and calls for proposals for special issues
• The British Accounting Review (BAR) calls for short research letters that provide timely analyses of emerging and important issues which offer unique insights for quick dissemination.

Call for Special Issue Proposals

Established in 1969, the British Accounting Review (BAR, is the official journal of the British Accounting and Finance Association. The journal is eclectic and pluralistic and contributions are welcomed across a wide range of topics and settings in accounting and finance. The current joint editors are Wenxuan Hou at the University of Edinburgh and Jason Xiao at the University of Macau. BAR’s 2020 CiteScore (7) and Impact Factor (5.577) rank the BAR top 2 and 3 respectively among accounting journals as well as 7 in accounting and finance. The BAR is rated 3 and A* in the recent Chartered Association of Business Schools Academic Journal Guide and Australian Business Deans Council Journal Quality List respectively.

The BAR invites proposals for special issues/sections and conferences/workshops offering new insights into important emerging and pressing topics in accounting and finance. A special issue normally includes 7-9 papers, and a special section includes 4-6, both including a survey article from the guest editors.

Examples of topics include but are not limited to:
- LGBTQ inclusion; Ethnic equality;
- AI and data analytics;
- Blockchain application; Cybersecurity; IT governance;
- Non-Fungible Token and cryptocurrency;
- Textual analysis;
- Integrated use of management accounting and control techniques;
- Management and governance of audit firms;
- Intangible assets and the New Economy;
- Carbon neutrality;
- Sustainability reporting and assurance;
- Socially responsible investing;
- Wars and conflicts;
- Supply chain finance;
- Historical determinants of modern financial development;
- Convergence and diversity of international corporate governance;
- Role of accounting, auditing and finance in state governance; among others.

Upcoming special issues
It will be helpful for prospective guest editors to consult the recent or forthcoming special issues on the journal website to avoid submitting proposals which make a marginal extension of the existing special issues.

• Fintech (deadline: 31 December 2022)
• Climate and green finance (deadline: 31 December 2022)
• The road to recovery: sustainability imperatives and the reshaping of public finance and accounting in the post-pandemic world (deadline: 31 October 2022)
• New Perspectives on Financial Distress and Corporate Risk Management (deadline: 31 Jan 2023)
• Big Data in Accounting and Finance (deadline: 31 Jan 2023)
• Corporate governance in China (deadline: February 1, 2023)
• Corporate Carbon Accounting and Management for Green Transition toward Carbon Neutrality (deadline: 20 Feb 2023)
• The Role of Legal, Political, and Regulatory Institutions in Influencing Accounting and Financial Outcomes (deadline: 31 March 2023)
• What do we know about sustainability reporting assurance quality? (deadline: 31 Jan 2023)
• Performance Measurement, Sustainability and Governance in the Healthcare Sector, (deadline: 31 May 2023)
• New challenges in governance, sustainability and accountability of universities, (deadline: tbc)

Submission procedure for a special issue/section
Please submit the following documents to and put “BAR special issue” in the email’s subject panel.
1. A cover letter which includes a) the title and summary of the special issue; b) the biographies of the prospective guest editors including their experience in editing journals and organising academic conferences; c) the timeline of the key stages in editing and publishing the special issue; d) the promotion plan of the special issue; e) a list of indicative scholars who might submit their work and a list of ad hoc reviewers; f) plans in handling submissions with conflict of interest.
2. A 3-page statement on the rationale of the special issue including a survey of the related literature stating why the topic deserves our readers' attention.

If a conference or paper development workshop associated with the special issue/section is to be organised, please also provide the following information in the cover letter:
3) budget details of the event, keynote speakers, conference venue and the expected number of participants.

Prospective guest editors should only plan such event if they have secured adequate funding. The BAR does not encourage guest editors organising events by charging a high registration fee from participants. The BAR does not charge any fee for such collaboration.

Proposals are assessed based on the novelty and significance of topics as well as the scholarly excellence of the guest editor team. One of the following decisions will be made:
a) Accept the proposal for a special issue or a special section. Prospective guest editors will be asked to draft a call for papers,
b) The BAR may endorse the academic conference but will not publish a special issue, or
c) Reject the proposal.

Submission procedure for an endorsed conference without a special issue

The BAR also considers endorsing high quality academic events, in which a selected number of conference papers are invited for submission under the regular review process for normal issues.

To apply for such collaboration, please submit the following documents to and put “The BAR conference” in the subject line.

1. A cover letter which includes the background of the event and information of organisers
2. A call for papers
3. The immediate past conference programme in case of conference series.

Special issue policy

1. Submitted manuscripts will be handled by guest editors, but final decisions will be made by the joint editors. During the review process, the joint editors may request further revision or additional reviews for particular submissions.
2. The submission guidelines and standard review policy apply.
3. Guest editors are invited to submit a survey article that provides a critical overview of the related literature and outlines future research directions. Apart from this review paper, guest editors should not submit their own papers to their own special issue.
4. Based on the number and quality of submissions, the joint editors reserve the rights to cancel a special issue. In this case, submissions will be under review for regular issues.
5. Submissions should not be restricted to participants of a particular conference.

Call for Research Letter Articles

The British Accounting Review will occasionally publish short research letters that provide timely analyses of emerging and important issues which offer unique insights for quick dissemination. Please note that such brief research is only considered if comprehensive settings do not exist for more thorough analyses. The research notes normally consist of no more than 3,000 words and the empirical analyses should be properly motivated by theories. Standard submission guideline and review process apply.