Social and Environmental Accountability Journal (SEAJ) is the official Journal of The Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research. It is a predominantly refereed Journal committed to the creation of a new academic literature in the broad field of social, environmental and sustainable development accounting, accountability, reporting and auditing. The Journal provides a forum for a wide range of different forms of academic and academic-related communications whose aim is to balance honesty and scholarly rigour with directness, clarity, policy-relevance and novelty.
SEAJ welcomes all contributions that fulfil the criteria of the journal, including empirical papers, review papers and essays, manuscripts reporting or proposing engagement, commentaries and polemics, and reviews of articles or books. A key feature of SEAJ is that papers are shorter than the word length typically anticipated in academic journals in the social sciences. A clearer breakdown of the proposed word length for each type of paper in SEAJ can be found here.
Finding our Voices – Exploring Diversity, Inclusion and Accounting by the Marginalised and Managed Diverse
Social and Environmental Accountability Journal (SEAJ) invites submissions for a themed issue on “Finding our Voices – Exploring Diversity, Inclusion and Accounting by the Marginalised and Managed Diverse” to be published in 2024 (online publication available for early acceptance). This themed issue offers SEA scholars an exciting opportunity to present related research within this dedicated forum. We encourage diverse forms of policy-oriented articles, scholarly output, short pieces, commentaries, literature reviews, polemics, essays and reviews, and we welcome submissions that take a range of theoretical, methodological and empirical approaches including theoretical articles, case studies, experimental, archival, qualitative, and opinion pieces.
Egan (2021) highlights a range of research opportunities for SEA scholars, focused on exploring recent developments in organisational diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices, and in considering the complex potentials for accounting, accountants, and the accounting profession. Accounting makes assertions about what is important (and by implication, what is not). It places value on some (and so dismisses the value of others). Despite these limitations, accounting is understood to play a critical role in societal decision-making processes, and so has important political and economic consequences (Gallhofer & Haslam, 1991). We might ask, therefore, how accounting initiatives focused on D&I are developed to respond to the needs of the marginalised and managed diverse. Is effective accountability provided? Do accounting technologies contribute to empowerment and emancipation, or rather to disempowerment and marginalisation of the managed diverse? Whose voices are represented, and how do evolving approaches to reporting, through social media, contribute to improving stakeholder engagement?Read More
SEAJ has a lively reviews section, which provides an important forum for academic discussion. We publish article reviews, book reviews and thematic reviews. Thematic reviews generally cover 3 or 4 recent papers on a similar topic. Our reviews section includes recent articles, books and themes that may be typical to SEAJ readership, but we also hope to introduce readers to articles, books and themes that may be novel to them. We accept proposals for reviews from authors at any stage of their career.
Find out more about the reviews on the aims and scope page.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has entered a new era, with insights from the social sciences now seen as critical to informing global policymaking decisions on the climate crisis. Previously, economists dominated the social science contribution through their proactive engagement with climate related intergovernmental bodies such as the IPCC. While this dominance has been criticised by academics from other disciplines, arguably they were somewhat complicit by their silence or assumptions that they would be sought out for input. It is worth noting that the IPCC does not commission research, but rather derives all its findings from existing scientific publications. However, the IPCC scientists need to know where to look for this work and for the content of these publications to be easily assimilated into their interdisciplinary deliberative processes.
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The Reg Mathews Memorial Prize is an annual award for the paper considered to have made the most significant contribution towards the social and environmental accounting literature published in Social and Environmental Accountability Journal ( SEAJ). The paper is selected by the Editorial Board of SEAJ and is named in memory of Professor Reg Mathews, a leading figure in the development of social and environmental accounting. The award was established in 2013, and first awarded for papers published in 2012.
Professor Reg Mathews was one of social accounting’s earliest and most influential pioneers. An academic for most of his life, he was a prolific author and an exceptionally generous colleague. His influence on the emerging field of social accounting was manifest equally in his tireless support of new academics and in his important papers on such matters as education, approaches to practice and state-of-the-art reviews of the subject. He was the founding joint editor of Social Accounting Monitor, which paved the way for the international CSEAR community and which developed over time into what we now know as Social and Environmental Accountability Journal.
The CSEAR community honoured Reg with a Festchrift entitled Social Accounting, Mega Accounting and Beyond in 2007 and it is entirely fitting that his inestimable contribution be remembered in this annual prize. Reg passed away in 2012 after a long illness.
Learn more about previous prize winners.About the Prize