© Accounting Foundation, The University of Sydney
Edited By: Stewart Jones
Impact Factor: 1.058
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 42/94 (Business Finance)
Online ISSN: 1467-6281
Thank you for your interest in Abacus. Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission, including the section on copyright. Note that submission of a paper implies that the paper has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Once you have prepared your manuscript in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/abacus.
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All submissions are initially evaluated on the basis of the journal’s research quality standards and also content relevance and suitability for the Abacus readership. Papers that meet the initial criteria are then passed through to the peer review process. At the peer review stage, all submitted articles will attract a submission fee of A$75. Authors will be alerted as to whether their paper will be processed for peer review; and if so they can pay the submission fee online. This fee is automatically waived if you are a personal subscriber to Abacus. Any enquiries can be addressed to Sheilah Whyte, email@example.com.
Aims and Scope
Since 1965 Abacus has consistently provided a vehicle for the expression of independent and critical thought on matters of current academic and professional interest in accounting, finance and business. The journal reports current research; critically evaluates current developments in theory and practice; analyses the effects of the regulatory framework of accounting, finance and business; and explores alternatives to, and explanations of, past and current practices.
Peer Review and Acceptance
Manuscripts are judged on the significance of the contribution to the literature, the quality of analysis and the clarity of presentation. Papers are expected to demonstrate originality and meaningful engagement with the global literature.
Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed by anonymous reviewers in addition to the Editor. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editor-in-Chief, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.
This journal is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines can be found at http://exchanges.wiley.com/ethicsguidelines. Note this journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts.
Wiley Author Resources Wiley have a range of resources for authors preparing manuscripts for submission available here. In particular, authors may benefit from referring to:
• Editing, Translation and Formatting Support: Wiley Editing Services greatly improves the chances of your manuscript being accepted. Offering expert help in English language editing, translation, manuscript formatting and figure preparation, Wiley Editing Services ensures that your manuscript is ready for submission.
• Writing for Search Engine Optimization: Optimize the search engine results for your paper, so people can find, read and ultimately cite your work. Simply read our best practice SEO tips – including information on making your title and abstract SEO-friendly, and choosing appropriate keywords.
• For quotations within the text use only single quotation marks, and double marks for quotes within quotes. Where quotations exceed four lines inset quoted material indented, but do not use quotation marks.
• Use ‘z’ rather than ‘s’ spellings (follow Oxford English Dictionary).
• Use the simplest possible form for mathematical symbols.
• Keep tables to a minimum, but do not try to convey too much information, at the cost of simplicity, in any one table.
• Use footnotes sparingly. Number footnotes consecutively throughout the text. Place footnote reference numbers in text outside comma or full stop.
• Do not number headings or subheadings or use a ‘roadmap’ paragraph.
• Spell out numbers up to and including nine, use numerals thereafter.
• Use commas in all numbers from 1,000.
• Please check equations carefully for accuracy and use of italics, etc.
Parts of the Manuscript
The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file; figures.
The title page should contain:
(i) a short informative that contains the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice SEO tips);
(ii) a short running title of less than 40 characters;
(iii) the full names of the authors;
(iv) the author's institutional affiliations at which the work was carried out
(v) the full postal and email address, plus telephone number, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent;
The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote. Do not use abbreviations in the title.
As papers are double-blind peer reviewed the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors. Manuscripts should be presented in the following order: (i) title, abstract and key words, (ii) text, (iii) references, (iv) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes), (v) figure legends. Figures and supporting information should be submitted as separate files.
Abstract and key words
Please provide an abstract of no more than 250 words, followed by six key words in alphabetical order.
Reference citations within the text
• Cite books and articles in the text as follows: (Jones, 1962, p. 21). When citations are grouped within a set of parentheses, give them in chronological rather than alphabetical order. Co-authored publications with three or more authors should be cited by first author and ‘et al.’.
The Reference list should be in alphabetical order by author at the end of the manuscript. Please provide both volume and issue number for journal references.For page reference numbers use p. 21, pp. 423–32, pp. 406–571, but pp. 11–13, pp. 115–119.
Journal articles should appear as follows:
Trout, R. K., M. M. Tanner and L. Nicholas (1993), ‘On Track with Direct Cash Flow’, Management Accounting, Vol. 75, No. 1, pp. 123–45.
Books should appear as follows:
Jones, A. (1962), Depreciation of Assets, Publisher, Location.
Chapters in edited books should appear as follows:
Morrissey, L. (1966), ‘Intangible Costs’, in M. Backer (ed.), Modern Accounting Theory, Publisher, Location, pp. 1–20.
Electronic sources should appear as follows:
Walsh, M. W. (2006), ‘Public Pension Face Billions in Shortages’, New York Times, 8 August, retrieved 31 March 2008, from http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/08/business/08pension.html
Working papers should appear as follows:
Ball, R., S. P. Kothari and V. Niloaev (2009), Econometrics of the Basu Asymmetric Timeliness Coefficient and the Accounting Conservatism, Working Paper, University of Chicago.
Koh, P. T. N. (2002), Corporate Governance in Malaysia: Agendas & Achievements. Reforms in Light of Post 1998 Crisis, Conference presentation at the 2nd Asian Corporate Governance in Seoul, South Korea, Asian Institute of Corporate Governance, 16–17 May.
Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Number tables consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Type tables on a separate page with the legend above. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.
Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used.
All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be numbered using Arabic numerals, and cited in consecutive order in the text. Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name.
Preparing Figures: Although we encourage authors to send us the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes we are happy to accept a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions. Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements.
Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.
Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley OnlineOpen.
Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement: FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.
Note that in signing the journal’s licence agreement authors agree that consent to reproduce figures from another source has been obtained.
OnlineOpen – Wiley’s Open Access Option: OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. Authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.
OnlineOpen licenses. Authors choosing OnlineOpen retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms: Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY NC ND). To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.
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Accepted article received in production
When your accepted article is received by Wiley’s production team, you (corresponding authors) will receive an email asking you to login or register with Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication licence at this point.
Once your paper is typeset you will receive email notification of the URL from where to download a PDF typeset page proof, associated forms and full instructions on how to correct and return the file. Please note that you are responsible for all statements made in your work, including changes made during the editorial process and thus you must check your proofs carefully. Note that proofs should be returned 48 hours from receipt of first proof.
The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View (Online Version of Record) articles are published on Wiley Online Library before inclusion in an issue. Note there may be a delay after corrections are received before your article appears online, as Editors also need to review proofs. Once your article is published on Early View no further changes to your article are possible. Your Early View article is fully citable and carries an online publication date and DOI for citations.
Access and sharing
When your article is published online:
• You receive an email alert (if requested).
• You can share your published article through social media.
• As the author, you retain free access (after accepting the Terms & Conditions of use, you can view your article).
• The corresponding author and co-authors can nominate up to ten colleagues to receive a publication alert and free online access to your article.
You can now order print copies of your article (instructions are sent at proofing stage).
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Measuring the impact of your work
Author Guidelines updated 26 August 2016