- Eight of the American Accounting Association journals recently concluded a pilot project designed to support the dissemination, measurement, and impact of scholarly work. As part of this project, the journals asked authors to provide plain-language summaries of their abstracts during submission. These summaries were short (200 words or less) and were non-technical explanations or lay summaries of what the research papers were about.Building on the findings of this pilot, the AAA plans to expand the use of plain-language summaries to all journals immediately, requiring authors to provide the language as part of the process of final acceptance to a journal. We have expanded the field to allow up to 1000 words to make the summaries more robust.This information will be used to help make AAA research more accessible to readers both within and outside the association, and, in particular, show the research’s relevance to the work of professional partner organizations, regulators, individual practitioners, and partner-level firms.The exact details of these efforts will be communicated in the near future. But the end result will be new opportunities for academics like yourselves to increase their impact and expand their personal brand.
- Academy of Management Discoveries introduces a Practitioner Commentary feature. Consistent with Academy of Management Discoveries (AMD)’s “I will” pledge (by previous editor Peter Bamberger and the current editor Kevin Rockmann commits to this pledge also) from the 2019 RRBM Rotterdam conference, AMD has now released their first practitioner commentary. This commentary addresses the question “Wondering about the real-world impact of this research?” and takes the form of a conversation between the authors and a key stakeholder. The inaugural practitioner commentary is part of the special issue on Digital Transformation, where authors Simon Schafheitle and Isabel Ebert speak with Dr. Sarah Zelt from SAP (People Analytics) about the implications of their research teams’ work on datafication technologies on organizational control. In addition to the practitioner commentary, AMD has also augmented their longstanding author’s voice feature so that every article we publish has the authors answering the question, “What is the social relevance of your research?”.
- The Journal of Business and Psychology (JBP) Result Blind Review Initiative
Read more about JBP’s initiative here
- Management and Organization Review (MOR) encourages authors to submit proposals for preregistered and preapproved studies. After peer review, such proposals can receive a conditional acceptance in MOR – all before data are collected and results are obtained.
Read more about MOR’s practice here
- “Cabells Scholarly Analytics analyzes for its Predatory Reports database over 70 behavioral indicators to keep the community aware of the growing threats and to keep academia protected from exploitative operations.
Read more about Cabells’ Predatory Reports here