Friday, February 17, 2012

2012 ICGA - Day Two

The second day of the 2nd International Conference on Corporate Governance and Accountability (2012 ICGA)proceeded with six parallell sessions in the mornings. After the lunch break, the conference continued with a forum titled "Getting Published in Academic Journals" Four panel members namely Professor Lee Parker (University of South Australia), Professor David Crowther (DeMonfort University, United Kingdom), Professor Klaus Tochterman (ZBW-German National Library of Economics) and Professor Normah Omar (Universiti Teknologi MARA)discussed publication strategies that could be adopted by researchers. Prof Parker, who is the chief editor of the renowned international journal, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (AAAJ)explained about the do's and dont's when one submits a paper for publication. He further elaborated that the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal is dedicated to the advancement of accounting knowledge.
The journal provides a forum for the publication of high quality manuscripts concerning the interaction between accounting/auditing and their socio-economic and political environments. It therefore encourages critical analysis of policy and practice in these areas. Analysis could explore policy alternatives and provide new perspectives for the accounting discipline. Professor David Crowther introduced the Social Responsibility Research Network (SRRNet) that he had founded. The Network was formed in 2003 after the success of the first International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility was held. Since then, SRRNet have continued to grow and there are currently around 600 members based all over the world. Prof Crowther further introduced the Social Responsibility Journal (SRJ)that his network helped to establish many years ago. Today, SRJ is published four times per year by the Emerald Publishing Group. Next, Professor Normah introduced three journals: Malaysian Accounting Review (MAR), Journal of Financial Reporting & Accounting (JFRA - the journal has been acquired by Emerald since June 2010) and the Asia Pacific Management Accounting Journal (APMAJ) that were founded by the Accounting Research Institutes a few years ago. Unlike AAAJ and SRJ, MAR, JFRA and APMAJ are relatively new and efforts are underway to promote the journals to greater height. . Researchers were therefore encouraged to submit their papers to these journals. They were also reminded to use a conference such as 2012 ICGA as a platform to obtain feedback for their papers prior to journal publication Finally, Professor Klause Tochtermann introduced his centre ZBW which runs the subject-based repository for archiving economics online collections. ZBW produces the publication service ECONSTOR and the subject portal EconBiz. His centre hosts the Open Access Journal, which includes a two-stage peer-review process. He further stressed that these efforts contribute towards global visibility of research. Later in the afternoon, Professor Crowther presented the conference's third key note address with the title "Governance, Sustainability and Crisis Management". Prior to the closing ceremony by Professor Normah Omar, she presented awards to the best overall papers and best presenters. The passing of the baton to the Turkish team who will be hosting the 3rd ICGA cenference in 2014 marked the ending of the 2012 conference.

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