New Journal Ranking Metrics

This has been out for some time, but in case you haven’t seen it, Google Scholar now provides a ranking of journal outlets based on Google Scholar Citation counts. The ranking covers Google Scholar citation counts from 2007 to 2011.  The list of the top 100 journals in English can be found here.  A discussion of how they compute their rankings can be found here.

So how can this be useful?  I would venture that most accounting academics have pretty set opinions of journal quality.  Nevertheless, this can help reveal interesting differences from preconceived notions.  I won’t give an example, but you may be interested to see the rankings of journals that include the word “accounting” in the journal title (see here).  As you prepare a promotion packet, this is one more source to help justify to non-accounting colleagues the quality of certain journal outlets.  Also, this can be useful to find journals in areas for which you are not as familiar.  If you have other ideas for how this data may be useful, please leave them in the comments.


Announcing the 2012 BYU Accounting Research Symposium

Dear BYU Alumni and Friends:

We are pleased to announce the Ninth Annual BYU Accounting Research Symposium, which has been scheduled for September 27-29, 2012.  The purpose of the Symposium is to unite BYU alumni and friends in our efforts to foster relevant and consequential accounting research. In particular, the Symposium focuses on giving current doctoral students and new faculty a venue for presenting and receiving constructive feedback on their research and ideas.

You will be able to register for the Symposium and submit working papers or proposals online beginning July 1 and ending September 1. We will send another email in late June or early July with a registration link and a reminder. You will not be permitted to submit papers or update previously submitted papers after the September 1 deadline. Also note that we discourage submission of papers that are or will be in later rounds of review at the time of the Symposium.

We have attempted to identify all BYU alumni and friends who might be interested in attending.  However, we recognize that our list may be incomplete.  If you know individuals who may be interested in attending but did not receive an invitation last year, please send us their contact information and tell us why you would like us to invite them to this year’s Symposium.  If you have any questions, contact Kay Stice by email at

The Symposium this year coincides with a Saturday football game against the University of Hawai’i Warriors. The new head coach of the Warriors is Norm Chow, a name that a few of you football fans have heard before. We imagine many of you will want to attend the game, and we are looking into purchasing a block of seats together. However, we cannot make any assurances that we will get enough seats. Please stay tuned for future emails on the topic.

Please mark your calendars now for this wonderful event!  We hope to see you in September!


Symposium Planning Committee:

Kay Stice (co-chair)

Bill Heninger (co-chair)

John Barrick

David Wood

Mike Drake

Jeff Wilks

Erv Black

Ted Christensen

Doug Prawitt


PS. Information will be updated on the wiki.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament – Accounting Style

To see what the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship would look like if the winner of each game was the program with the most productive accounting researchers over the last 6 years (i.e., the faculty that has produced the most journal articles in the journals included in the study), click on this link.

For complete rankings, visit the companion website (rankings include university accounting rankings, Ph.D. accounting rankings, and individual author rankings).

Accounting Rankings Updated for 2011

The Accounting Research Rankings have been updated for 2011.  The rankings are based on publications in 11 high quality accounting journals and provide separate rankings for accounting topical areas (AIS, Audit, Financial, Managerial, Tax, and Other) and research methodologies (Analytical, Archival, Experimental, and Other). The data is in beta-mode until February 15th.  Please review the rankings to see if there are mistakes or omissions.  We will update any problems we find and post the final 2011 rankings in February.

Please remember that there are multiple, different rankings.  We rank universities based on who is currently on faculty, Ph.D. programs based on research productivity of program graduates, and individual authors. Also, for each university we have an individual page (e.g., see BYU’s accounting research ranking page) and for each author we have an individual page (e.g., see David Wood’s accounting research ranking page).

We have several features we hope to roll out in 2011.  Stay tuned for more!

New Faculty Hires at BYU


We are excited to announce the hiring of Steve Smith and Bill Tayler as new associate professors in the School of Accountancy at Brigham Young University.  They will begin work at BYU in the fall semester of 2012.

Steve Smith graduated from BYU with a MAcc degree in 1999.  He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2005 and has taught at the University of Illinois since earning his Ph.D.  Steve is an excellent teacher and researcher.  Steve teaches managerial accounting, with a focus on accounting control systems.  He is regularly rated excellent by his students and won the Head’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008.  His research interests center on managerial accounting and accounting control systems.  He has published multiple papers in The Accounting Review and Review of Accounting Studies and has multiple additional papers under review.

Bill Tayler graduated from BYU with a Macc degree in 2002.  He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2007 and has taught managerial accounting at Emory University since earning his Ph.D.  Bill was awarded the Crystal Apple Award from Emory University in 2011 for outstanding teaching.  His research explores psychological and social forces affecting judgment and decision making in accounting, with a particular emphasis on managerial accounting.  He has published in The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting Research, The Journal of Finance, and The Review of Financial Studies.  He is the recipient of  three best paper awards for his research.

We are excited that such tremendous scholars have chosen to work at BYU!  Steve and Bill will significantly enhance our teaching and research expertise in managerial accounting.  We are grateful to have you as new colleagues!

New Google Scholar Citation Tool

You may be interested to know that Google Scholar has made “Google Scholar Citations” open to all.  This tool allows you to create a profile and list all of your scholarly articles on Google Scholar in one place.  It then tracks the citations of the articles, co-authors, research interests, etc.  You can keep your profile private or make it public for others to see.  An example of one profile can be seen by going to David A. Wood’s citation profile.  It’s a nice tool to see the impact of your work and also to research what others are doing.  It’s also a nice way to showcase your work if you share the same or similar name of other academics.  If you make your profile public, please leave a comment and a link so we can see them.  If this catches on, we might add it to the wiki for each author (as I did on my profile).


Job Announcement at Arizona State University

Jordan Lowe asked that I post the following job announcement for Arizona State University (ASU).  As noted by Jordan, there are relatively fewer research universities in the west of the United States.  If you have desires to move west, this may be something you want to consider.  If you have questions, please contact Jordan for more information.


 COLLEGE:               W. P. Carey School of Business

DEPARTMENT:      School of Accountancy

TITLE:                      Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor

CATEGORY:           Tenure Track Faculty, 100% FTE, Academic Appointment


Full-time, tenure-track faculty holding the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in the School of Accountancy in the W. P. Carey School of Business.


The candidate must contribute to the School of Accountancy’s mission primarily in the areas of research and teaching.  Research must be publishable in premier academic journals in accounting or a closely related field.  The candidate must be able to contribute to curriculum development and to deliver excellent in-class instruction at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level.


1) A Ph.D. in business administration or a closely related field;

2) For appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, a demonstrated capability to conduct research publishable in premier academic journals.  For appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, a distinguished record of scholarship evidenced by publications in premier academic journals and an active continuing research agenda in the area.

3) Teaching experience appropriate to rank.


Demonstrated research and teaching potential in the areas of managerial, financial or tax accounting.


The initial application deadline is November 14, 2011; if not filled, then every two weeks thereafter until search is closed.  Subsequent application deadlines which fall on a University holiday will default to the end of the next business day.

Formal application may be accomplished through submission of a current vita in pdf format and evidence of teaching competency to   A background check is required prior to employment.


The School of Accountancy ( delivers degree programs at the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. levels and is ranked in the top ten accounting programs offered by public universities.  The school’s full-time faculty consists of seven professors, seven associate professors, five assistant professors, four clinical faculty, one professor of practice, and nine lecturers.  The W. P. Carey School of Business ( is one of the largest business schools in the United States with more than 150 faculty, 1,000 graduate, and 2,600 upper-division undergraduate students.  The school is ranked 28th nationally for its undergraduate programs and 27th for the W. P. Carey MBA.

Arizona State University’s ( Tempe campus is located in the heart of Tempe where 50,000 students are enrolled in daytime and evening classes. The university is recognized nationally as a foremost research institution offering excellent undergraduate and graduate education and nationally-ranked athletic programs as well as a full array of cultural activities. ASU’s Tempe campus offers 87 bachelors, 95 masters, 48 doctoral or terminal degree programs, and one law degree program.

Arizona State University is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer


Thank you Symposium Participants!

A special thank you to all of you who made the 8th annual BYU Accounting Research Symposium a success!  We are grateful for those who made an effort to attend, to provide feedback on papers, and provide wisdom and council to their colleagues.  A special thanks to Jeff Wilks for his excellent work in chairing the symposium committee and overseeing the symposium.

As a minor note, we have removed the links to the papers presented.  If you are interested in reading more about the papers, please email the authors to receive an updated draft.  Also, if you did not give your written feedback to authors, please email it to them soon so they can incorporate your suggestions into their manuscripts.

In the near future, expect an email asking for feedback on your symposium experience and for suggestions on ways to make the symposium even better.  For those who did not make it this year, we hope to see you next year!