Magazine article The CPA Journal

2006 in Retrospect at the Journal

Magazine article The CPA Journal

2006 in Retrospect at the Journal

Article excerpt

Over the past year. I've had the pleasure to meet and speak with many NYSSCPA members who participate in committee service. They often ask the same questions regarding The CPA Journal's procedures:

* "Why haven't you published an article recently on (fill in the blank)?"

* "How long should an article be?"

* "What topics are you interested in?"

* "What criteria do you use when deciding whether to publish a manuscript?"

* "Does the Journal publish articles authored only by Society members?"

The following overview of the Journal's submission process answers these and other common questions.

Overview

Now completing its 76th year of publication. The CPA Journal is a submission-based, double-blind peer-reviewed publication that is published monthly with special themes during the year on technology and personal financial planning. Articles may include technical analysis, policy analysis, and informed commentary. The content and length of an article determine whether it will appear as an In FCKUS article, or in the Perspectives or Essentials sections. In Focus articles address areas of general interest, such as interviews with accounting regulators. Articles in the Essentials sections cover specific technical topics and are usually between 500 and 3.000 words. The Perspectives section includes news and opinion pieces on matters of importance to CPAs and are usually between 250 and 2,500 words.

The primary areas of interest covered in the Journal are accounting and auditing, taxation, finance, management, responsibilities and leadership, and technology. The editors attempt to balance practical information and conceptual analysis to provide readers with opportunities to enhance their understanding of key issues. We depend on a large cadre of individuals from a diverse cross-section of the profession, including academics, practitioners, and other professionals, both NYSSCPA members and non-members, to assist us in providing the best material available for our readers. These individuals may author or review manuscripts. When we ask a reviewer to evaluate a manuscript for possible publication, we use six criteria to ensure quality control: technical accuracy, readability, practicality, relevance of topic, timeliness, and comprehensiveness.

During the Society's fiscal year between June 1,2005, and May 31, 2006, the Journal received a total of 357 submissions, as compared to 31 1 during the previous year (2004/2005). Of those, 202 were eventually accepted, 91 were rejected, and 122 were returned to authors for revision. …

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