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2014: Year in Review

Richard H. Kravitz, MBA, CPA

For 84 years, The CPA Journal has earned the respect of CPAs and other financial professionals for its in-depth analysis of current issues. We do not do this alone. The editors are grateful to the accounting and financial professionals and the educators who share their expertise with our readers by authoring and reviewing articles for publication in the Journal.


The CPA Journal is a submission-based, double-blind, peer-reviewed monthly publication that features special themes throughout the year, including financial reporting, fraud, financial planning, technology, and a taxation update. 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 group of individuals from a diverse cross-section of the profession and academia to provide the most relevant content for our readers. We use six criteria to ensure quality control: technical accuracy, readability, practicality, relevance of topic, timeliness, and comprehensiveness.

During the Society's past fiscal year—between June 1, 2013, and May 31, 2014—the Journal received a total of 271 submissions, a decrease from 291 the previous year. The overall acceptance rate of manuscripts declined slightly, resulting in more selectivity of articles in inventory. The mix of authors remained consistent with last year as well. The following table summarizes the data:

 submissions; 271; 291
 without revision; 61; 85
 with revision; 88; 86
 55; 71
 without decision; 11; 5
 revision; 24; 34
 days in review; 56; 53
 acceptance to publication; 68; 78
 rate …
 revision; 22.5%; 29.2%
 revision; 55.0%; 58.8%
 authors; 61.3%; 71.3%
 authors; 47.1%; 44.0%
 manuscripts from …
 authors; 61.8%; 65.5%
Nonacademic authors; 38.3%; 34.5%


Every year at this time, we take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the Journal—by developing topics, soliciting authors, reviewing submissions, and participating in judging articles for the annual Max Block Distinguished Article Award program. The Editorial Board members, editors, and production staff are named each month on the masthead. The Editorial Board includes individuals who author and review submissions, solicit and develop submissions by others, and advise the editors as we continue to develop the mission and future direction of the magazine. In addition to those hard-working and dedicated individuals, the Journal has also benefited over the past year from the efforts of many members of the Editorial Review Board, upon whom the editors frequently rely for evaluating manuscripts, and ad hoc reviewers, experts who the editors occasionally ask to review individual manuscripts on a particular subject.

The editors would like to thank the ad hoc reviewers and Editorial Review Board members who, in addition to the Editorial Board members listed on the masthead on page 4, evaluated manuscripts over the past NYSSCPA fiscal year (June 1, 2013, through May 31, 2014). The editors would like to thank the individuals listed on the following page for their contributions in ensuring that The CPA Journal provides technical content of the highest quality.

Finally, I would like to thank the members of the editorial and production staffs, who are essential to making The CPA Journal a quality publication. Without their dedication and hard work, this monthly endeavor would not be possible.

As always, we welcome your involvement, along with your feedback and suggestions, and we encourage your support of The CPA Journal's mission for the profession. I wish you all a prosperous and healthy new year.

The opinions expressed here are my own and do not reflect those of the NYSSCPA, its management, or its staff.

Richard H. Kravitz, MBA, CPA. Editor-in-Chief.

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