Submission Guidelines

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

Fields in which we seek articles include accounting; finance; economics, banking; financial planning; third sector; environmental accounting and finance; articles on the history of accounting and finance; alternative research in accounting, business and finance; forensic accounting and critical papers in accounting and finance. We also welcome dialogues and poems on accounting, banking and finance topics.

Please indicate clearly in both the title of your article and the cover letter the sort of piece that you are submitting: Full academic article; Brief technical note; Case study; Response to previous articles; or Book Review.

Submissions should be made electronically via the "Submit Article" button on the journal homepage. Please use Microsoft Word only. The paper should be between 3,500 and 8,000 words including appendices, references, figures and tables. The paper must be double-spaced. Standard Word margins. Submissions should not exceed 25 pages in length. In general, the paper should be the way that you want it to look in the publication. Tables must be placed where you want them to appear. Papers are to be prepared in English and be thoroughly edited to avoid grammatical and typographical errors. Papers should be written in a clear concise manner for ease of reading and interpretation.

Notes to Authors

Each manuscript is reviewed by the editor for general suitability for this journal. For those considered suitable, reviewers will be selected and a double blind review process will take place. Using the recommendations of the reviewers, the editor will then decide whether the manuscript should be accepted, revised or rejected for publication.

Please submit, in your cover letter to the editor submitted online with the manuscript, the names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of four potential referees. Note that the editor will decide whether or not these reviewers are contacted.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Please read our Ethics & Malpractice policies carefully. In particular, manuscripts currently under consideration by another journal should not be submitted.

The corresponding author should ensure that there is a consensus amongst all authors in regard to the content and author order relating to the manuscript.

AABFJ notes that plagiarism (using the work of others or your own work that has already been substantially published elsewhere) without appropriate acknowledgement is unacceptable and the ethical guidelines for journal publication outlined in AABFJ's Ethics & Malpractice should be complied with.

Manuscript Format

Page numbers should begin with the number 1 and be centred at the bottom of the page in a 12 point Times font. The entire paper must be in Times New Roman 12 point Times font with three exceptions. The Title (must be in 16 point font and bold); any footnotes (10 point font); tables or figures may be in 10 point font or lower if this is necessary. The paper should begin with title. The balance of the paper should be fully justified.

Some examples of our style are available on our Website at ro.uow.edu.au/aabfj

The author(s)’ information should not appear in the Word document submitted. The Author's University affiliation should also not appear in the Word document. These details plus any acknowledgements are entered separately on the electronic submission system used by AABFJ.

Every heading should be bold, left justified and capitalised. Sub headings should be in title case, left justified and bold. Any smaller headings should be italicised only. Headings or subheadings may be numbered or not, as appropriate for the type of paper.

For example:

  • Sub Heading
  • Sub sub heading

References need to be consistent and in Harvard format. For guidance, please refer to this website - http://www.library.uow.edu.au/referencing/index.html


Please indicate a maximum of eight keywords or phrases that best describe the subjects covered in the paper. These will be used to indicate relevance in search engines. Please separate each keyword or phrase by using a semi-colon.

Please include up to four JEL classifications for your article.