Framework for editorial reviews

Overall principles

The review and feedback to contributors should be light touch and constructive in tone, but if a contribution does not align with the overall aims of Accounting Cafe then it will be declined for publication.

Questions for reviewers to ask

Have the contribution criteria been met?

  • Contributions must outline:
    • The practice you are sharing.
    • Its impact, (e.g. student, colleague feedback, other impacts)
    • Advice you would give others wishing to adopt it.

  • Copyright permissions must be clearly expressed (including links) and granted for all submitted materials, including attachments, images, photographs, graphics, logos and quotations.
    • Images must not include students.
    • Images must contain suitable alt-text descriptions for accessibility.
    • Institutional or national-specific terms must be defined. The audience is international and may include accounting students as well as educators.

  • Written articles should be between 500 and 1,200 words.

  • Video or podcast contributions should be approximately 10 minutes and include a written introduction, typed transcript and, if possible, closed caption subtitles.

  • Comprehensive references with links and details that will enable users to follow up must be provided.

Does the article or video make sense, assuming an audience of accounting educators?

Have specific terms relating to the institution or national context been adequately explained?

Applicability – will the contribution be of interest to a range of accounting educators? 

Does the tone ‘fit’ with Accounting Cafe’s ethos?

Guidelines for reviewer feedback:

  • Keep it short and developmental: feed forward

  • Create a supportive dialogue with the contributor:
    • State what is good about the materials
    • Make suggestions in terms of “even better if…”

  • Pose requests for additional information as questions to make it easy for contributors to respond

  • Additional comments (e.g. “you might consider…”) phrased with a focus on human, light feedback