Colin Dey & Michelle Rodrigue
Hot off the press, the latest issue of Social & Environmental Accountability Journal includes original research articles, commentaries, tributes and reviews for CSEAR members and the wider sustainability accounting research community. As joint editors, we would like to thank all those who have contributed to the latest issue, including the reviews editors team, Mercy Denedo, Nicolas Garcia-Torea and Matthew Scobie, for their hard work on this important section of the journal. Our thanks also go to the contributors to the reviews section, whose engagement with the literature of our field is central to the development of this section of the journal.
A variety of approaches and theories can be found in the research articles of this issue, all somehow related to issues of accountability:
Both commentaries in this issue raise important issues in our field and related practices:
We devote a section of our editorial to Cornelia Beck’s – Conny, as our community best knows her – commitment to the development of the reviews section of the journal. Conny passed away at this time of the year last year. Part of the original formal review editors team incepted in 2007, she stayed with the journal until 2015. This section of our editorial reflects on her commitment to the reviews section of the journal through her care and engagement with authors and co-reviews editors. For us, Conny “was a great scholar who put her talent, intellect, and hard work to the benefit of SEAJ for an incredibly long time. We are immensely grateful for the time, energy, care, and passion she invested in shaping the reviews section of the journal.” Beyond SEAJ, Conny was also greatly involved in the sustainability accounting academic community. This is brilliantly evoked by Jane Andrews in her tribute to Conny in the journal’s pages. Jane does a wonderful job of remembering Conny as scholar and a person. We thank her sincerely for delineating Conny’s contribution to our community so vividly.
Our editorial also addresses an important, but delicate, subject. We humbly endeavour to revisit the distinctive orientation of the aims and scope of the journal, as it is of central importance to the existence of SEAJ as a scholarly outlet. In particular, we try to provide further guidance to prospective authors on SEAJ’s commitment to the creation of a new academic literature. We place this issue very much in the context of the evolution of our field, which has moved further away from the disclosure-related studies which were initially dominant. At the same time, SEAJ has been at the forefront of establishing new priorities for our field, including the recent agenda-setting “SEAJ2020 and beyond” special issue. This leads us to revisit both the type of work that may not fit within SEAJ’s aims and scope anymore, while at the same time encouraging a broad array of research questions and approaches that will support and nourish the development of our field in light with the journal’s aims and scope. Ultimately, “we believe focusing on innovative and transformative work is how SEAJ will stay true to its aims and scope and will continue to strive for the creation of a new literature. We invite submitting authors to be bold, to dare, to challenge, to take us into unchartered areas.” Prospective authors are welcome to refer to our editorial for more details and we are happy to engage with them for any inquiry (seaj[at]st-andrews.ac.uk).
Enjoy our latest issue!