What conferences are the best to attend?

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Accounting research conferences provide academics with many opportunities. Submitting an article to a conference provides authors with a chance to obtain valuable feedback from many other academics. At some conferences sponsered by some journals, articles that are accepted into a conference are almost guaranteed an acceptance at that journal. During a conference, academic have many opportunities to meet others and build their network.

In my experience the best conferences to attend are the following:

  • AAA annual meeting (great for connecting with almost everyone).
  • AAA section meetings (for me the FARS and International Section meetings have been useful)
  • Journal conferences such as:JAE, JAR, JAAF, JBFA, RAST, CAR, etc. This are by invitation so to get invited you may need to submit papers or lobby with some people you know who go to these conferences. Great way to network and get feedback on your research.

Here is some information on these conferences:

  • Information about the Journal of Accounting Research Conference can be found here. The JAR conference is held each year in May at the Gleacher Center, The University of Chicago's downtown classroom building and conference center. It is an invitation only conference.
  • Information about the Contemporary Accounting Research Conference can be found here. The CAR conference is held in the fall of each year at various locations in Canada. It is an invitation only conference.
  • Information about the Journal of Accounting and Economics Conference can be found here. The JAE conference is held each fall at various locations (most recently at Rochester University). It is an invitation only conference.
  • Information about the Review of Accounting Studies Conference can be found here. The RAST conference is held each fall at various locations (most recently at Duke University). It is an invitation only conference.
  • The Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance (JAAF) conference is held each year in New York and is sponsored by NYU. It is an invitation only conference.

International conferences are also very good. The best being the European Accounting Conference (annually) and the IAAER world conferences (every two years).


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