Most Prolific Authors in the Accounting Literature Over the Past Half-Century: 1959-2008

19 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2009  

Jean L. Heck

St. Joseph's University - Haub School of Business

Date Written: February 15, 2009

Abstract

The prolific authors identified in this study are truly remarkable: 626 prolific authors in five leading accounting journals and 620 prolific authors in twenty five core accounting journals examined. These authors demonstrate great durability in navigating the vagaries of referees and the demands of editors. They represent a small minority of thousands of authors during the half century 1959 to 2008. Besides satisfying a natural curiosity of who the prolific authors are, examination of extreme performance provides perspective on research productivity in accounting, as do the reported distributional statistics. The findings help in the formation of realistic expectations about scholarly work.

Keywords: Prolific Authors, Leading Authors, Accounting

JEL Classification: M4, M49

Suggested Citation

Heck, Jean L., Most Prolific Authors in the Accounting Literature Over the Past Half-Century: 1959-2008 (February 15, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1344072 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1344072

Jean L. Heck (Contact Author)

St. Joseph's University - Haub School of Business ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19131
United States

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