Publications & Products
The journal Abacus was launched in 1965 by the Sydney University Press with Emeritus Professor RJ Chambers as founding editor. Over more than forty years, Abacus has been recognized as a significant international journal devoted to the publication of scholarly papers in accounting finance and business studies. In 1989, under the editorship of Professor MC Wells, the Accounting Foundation became the publisher of the journal in conjunction with Basil Blackwell, Oxford. That 21 year partnership continues unbroken.
The journal is now the forth oldest international accounting academic journal. It continues under the editorship of Professor Stewart Jones (was Professor Graeme Dean), to be ranked among the top international accounting journals.
Since 2004 the journal has been available to subscribers electronically in both PDF and full-text HTML formats. Abacus has a circulation of about 2,700 with an additional 1,500 individual libraries internationally having access through licensed databases. Back issues of the complete set of issues became available in 2005. In 2006 Blackwells indicated that over 78,000 Abacus articles were downloaded online, a 28% increase over 2005.
Australian Accounting Review
Australian Accounting Review (AAR) was launched in 1991 published by the Australian Society of CPAs. In 1993 the Accounting Foundation began to provide direct financial support. The founding managing editor is Dr Linda English, an Associate Professor in Accounting at the University of Sydney, and the Accounting Discipline also contributes to editorial costs. Since its inception, AAR has become internationally recognised for the discussion of developments in the discipline and practice of accounting. With more than 2,000 subscribers, AAR has positioned itself at the interface of business and academia. AAR regularly features practitioner forums, which bring together a range of views on topical subjects from different perspectives. A recent survey of international accounting academics showed a high level of recognition of AAR and the way in which it offers opportunities for academics to communicate their research with practitioners.
Details of the Australian Accounting Review can be found on the website of CPA Australia under Member Services/Library/Publications/Magazines and Journals.
Sydney Accounting Classics
The Accounting Foundation sponsored in 2006 the reprinting of a series entitled Accounting Classics. These works are considered important contributions to accounting though and literature and helped to add to the stature and reputation of the discipline of accounting in the Faculty and the University. The works will be 'published on demand' in small quantities through the Sydney University Press.
The titles published to date are:
- Accounting, Evaluation and Economics Behaviour, by RJ Chambers
- Tangled Web of Price Variation Accounting, by Frank L Clarke
- Securities and Obscurities, by RJ Chambers
- Consolidated Statements: A History and an Evaluation, by RG Walker
- Accounting for Common Costs, by MC Wells
- Auditing as Independent Authentication, by Peter W Wolnizer