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2015: Year in Review

For 85 years, The CPA Journal has earned the respect of CPAs and other financial professionals for its indepth 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, 2014, and May 31, 2015—the Journal received a total of 310 submissions, an increase from 291 the previous year. The overall acceptance rate showed a marked divergence in the past year, as the acceptance rate rose sharply for submissions from non-academic authors and fell significantly for submissions from academic authors. Accordingly, the mix of authors shifted significantly, with nonacademic authors representing a majority of published submissions, as compared to less than 40% last year. These results are largely attributable to the addition of several new columns—contributed primarily by practitioner authors—to the Journal's format over the past year. The Exhibit summarizes the data.


CPA Journal Submissions

2015; 2014
 submissions; 310; 271
 without revision; 129; 61
 with revision; 55; 88
 79; 55
 without decision; 10; 11
 revision; 17; 24
 days … In review; 66.3; 56.0
 acceptance to publication; 68.9; 67.9
 rate … Without revision; 41.6%; 22.5%
 revision; 59.4%; 55.0%
 authors; 50.0%; 61.3%
 manuscripts from … Academic authors; 46.2%; 61.8%
 authors; 70.7%; 47.1%
 authors; 53.8%; 38.3%


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. Introduced over this past year, a group of Column Editors includes individuals who author monthly articles within their area of expertise.

In addition to those hardworking and dedicated individuals, the editors would also like to thank the following ad hoc reviewers and Editorial Review Board members who, in addition to the Editorial Board members and Column Editors listed on the masthead on page 4, evaluated manuscripts over the past NYSSCPA fiscal year (June 1, 2014, through May 31, 2015). The editors would like to thank the following individuals for their contributions in ensuring that The CPA Journal provides technical content of the highest quality.

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