Points to Consider When Self-Assessing Your Empirical Accounting Research
53 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2012 Last revised: 12 Jan 2016
Date Written: May 22, 2014
We provide a list of Points to Consider (PTCs) to help researchers self-assess whether they have addressed certain common issues that arise frequently in accounting research seminars and in reviewers’ and editors’ comments on papers submitted to journals. Anticipating and addressing such issues can help accounting researchers, especially doctoral students and junior faculty members, convert an initial empirical accounting research idea into a thoughtful and carefully designed study. Doing this also allows outside readers to provide more beneficial feedback rather than commenting on the common issues that could have been dealt with in advance. The list, provided in the Appendix, consists of five sections: Research Question; Theory; Contribution; Research Design and Analysis; and Interpretation of Results and Conclusions. In each section, we include critical items that readers, journal referees, and seminar participants are likely to raise and offer suggestions for how to address them. The text elaborates on some of the more challenging items, such as how to increase a study’s contribution, and provides examples of how such issues have been effectively addressed in previous accounting studies.
Keywords: self-assessment, archrival, experimental
JEL Classification: M41
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