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2019: Year in Review

For 89 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 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, 2018, and May 31, 2019—the Journal received a total of 333 submissions, a slight decrease from 356 the previous year. The full set of data is summarized in the Exhibit. The overall acceptance rate rose somewhat from last year, and there remained a split between academic and nonacademic authors. The acceptance rate for academic authors rose from 47.8% to 59.4%, but the acceptance rate for nonacademic authors fell from 79.3% to 74.1%. The ratio of academic to nonacademic authors shifted accordingly, to 33/67 (compared to 27/33 last year). A significant year-over-year increase in the number of manuscripts sent out for revision or still pending decision as of press time (and thus not factored into the average review and publication times) may account for some of these discrepancies.


Annual Submission and Review Data

2019; 2018
Total submissions; 333; 356
Accepted without revision; 184; 211
Accepted with revision; 44; 29
Rejected; 48; 74
Withdrawn without decision; 8; 4
Pending revision; 20; 16
Average days …
In review; 80.75; 105.55
From acceptance to publication; 49.04; 46.35
Acceptance rate …
Without revision; 55.3%; 59.3%
With revision; 68.5%; 67.4%
Academic authors; 59.4%; 47.8%
Nonacademic authors; 74.1%; 79.3%
Accepted manuscripts from …
Academic authors; 33.33%; 26.67%
Nonacademic authors; 66.67%; 73.33%


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 members of the Editorial Advisory Board, the Editorial Review Board, our column editors, editorial staff, and production staff are named each month on the masthead. Members of the Editorial Advisory Board author and review submissions, solicit and develop submissions by others, and advise the editors on the future direction of the magazine. Members of the Editorial Review Board review submissions in their areas of expertise. In addition, column editors regularly author short articles within their specialty.

The editors would also like to thank the ad hoc reviewers who, in addition to the individuals listed on the mast-head on page 4, evaluated manuscripts over the NYSSCPA's past fiscal year (June 1, 2018, through May 31, 2019). The contributions of these individuals help ensure that The CPA Journal provides technical content of the highest quality in a wide variety of subject areas. A full list appears on the following page.

CPA Journal Manuscript Reviewers, 2018/2019

  • Catherine Allen

  • Jeffrey Allen

  • David Barral

  • Warren Bergstein

  • B. Anthony Billings

  • Louis Biscotti

  • Joseph Brunsman

  • Rumbidzai Bwerinofa-Petrozzello

  • Jacqueline Burke

  • Travis Carey

  • Anthony Cassella

  • Arion Cheong

  • Michael Chiasson

  • Michael Durant

  • Robert Dyson

  • Neil Ehrenkrantz

  • Jianing Fang

  • Derek Flanagan

  • Christopher Gagliardi

  • Fred Goldstein

  • James Goldstein

  • Steven Goldstein

  • Thomas Goodfellow

  • Zachary Gordon

  • Leon Gutmann

  • Richard Hecht

  • Edward Ichart

  • Stuart Kessler†

  • Katelyn Kogan

  • Ford Levy

  • Adam Lilling

  • Kevin Matz

  • Peter Metz

  • Stephen R. Moehrle

  • Yossef Newman

  • Jim Peterson

  • Iralma Pozo

  • Israel Press

  • Walter Primoff

  • Joseph Puglisi

  • Mark Rachleff

  • Arthur Radin†

  • John Raspante

  • Robert Reitman

  • Warren Ruppel

  • D. Scott Showalter

  • Chaya Siegfried

  • Mitchell Sorkin

  • Andre Sterley

  • William Stocker

  • Alan Straus

  • Bruce Sussman

  • Nathan Szerlip

  • Nina Terranova-Dorata

  • Sallie Mullins Thompson

  • Scott Univer

  • Geraldo Vasquez

  • Mark Warshavsky

  • Amy West

  • Barry Zalma

  • Jonathan Zuckerman

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