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The CPA Journal is broadly recognized as an outstanding, technical-refereed publication for accounting practitioners, educators, and other financial professionals. It is edited by CPAs for CPAs. Our goal is to provide accounting and other financial professionals with the information and analysis they need to enable them to be successful in today's business environment.

The format of The CPA Journal accommodates three types of submissions:

  • Manuscripts of general interest to most readers - generally between 3,000 and 4,500 words.
  • Manuscripts of specific, technical interest - generally between 500 and 3,000 words.
  • Manuscripts that express an opinion, perspective, or viewpoint about a matter of importance to CPAs- generally between 250 and 2,500 words.

The CPA Journal will review a manuscript for possible publication if the editors believe the content will provide our readers with practical information and thoughtful analysis on a relevant topic. The Journal's online archives provide extensive examples of previously published material. Authors interested in submitting a manuscript for review should contact The steps in the submission and review processes are detailed below.

Submission Procedures

  • Authors should submit manuscripts electronically in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or simple text format to Exhibits, charts, and graphics are preferred in Microsoft Word or Excel format, but other formats will be considered when necessary. Alternatively, authors may send a disk with a print-out to Submissions, The CPA Journal, 14 Wall St., 19th fl., New York, N.Y., 10005.
  • Simultaneous submissions to multiple members of the editorial staff are discouraged.
  • It is important for authors to include complete contact information (name, affiliation, street address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address) and brief biographical information (including relevant professional certifications and academic degrees) within a cover sheet. All communications regarding the manuscript will be sent to the author identified as the contact person in the cover sheet or initial submission. To facilitate the impartial review of the manuscript, there should be no personal or identifying information within the body of the manuscript.
  • Receipt of a manuscript will be acknowledged via e-mail within 10 business days.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted on an exclusive basis. If a submitted manuscript has been or is currently under review at another publication, or if a submission has already been published elsewhere, authors must provide specific information to that affect. Such circumstances will be a consideration in the editorial review process.
  • The editors will respond to queries on specific topics. A positive response to a query does not guarantee that an article will be accepted. Particular topics cannot be reserved exclusively for an individual author. Where multiple submissions are received on the same topic, consideration is generally given to the submission that was received or proposed first.
  • Members of NYSSCPA technical committees developing manuscripts for The CPA Journal should submit manuscripts to the committee chair or designated representative for technical review prior to submitting it to the editors, and they should specify their committee affiliation when submitting a manuscript. This neither replaces The Journal's double-blind peer review process, nor diminishes the editors' authority to make a final determination of suitability for publication.

Review Process

The Journal editors make the initial determination of the suitability of the manuscript for the Journal's readers. The editors make the final decision regarding acceptance, rejection, or revision based on independent, double-blind reviews by a minimum of two subject-matter experts. Manuscripts are evaluated on the basis of its technical accuracy, relevance, timeliness, readability, practicality, and comprehensiveness. The typical review, from receipt of the manuscript to final decision takes six to eight weeks, although this timeframe may vary considerably.

If a manuscript is accepted, it will be placed in the Journal's article inventory and scheduled for publication at the next available opportunity, taking into consideration the manuscript's timeliness, subject matter, and existing articles in inventory.

At the time a manuscript is accepted, the editors send the author an agreement that specifies the terms of publication, including a grant of copyright to the NYSSCPA for both print and Internet publication, as well as derivative works, which may include CPE and educational purposes.

The editors of The CPA Journal schedule articles for publication approximately three months before the issue appears (e.g., the contents for the January issue are determined in the first week of October.) After an article has been scheduled for publication, the editors may contact the author to see if it needs to be updated for events that may have occurred since the manuscript was accepted. After an article has been edited for style and length, the editors will e-mail a PDF of a preliminary page proof to the author for their review and approval approximately one month before publication.

If the editors request a revision of a manuscript, the revised manuscript may be re-reviewed by the original reviewers. Multiple revisions are sometimes requested. Requesting a revision is not a guarantee of ultimate acceptance.

If an article is rejected, the editors generally provide the author with feedback regarding the reason for rejection. These comments should not be construed as the basis for a revision and resubmission to the Journal.

Manuscript Style

Authors should address a readership of accounting and financial professionals with a basic understanding of the topic. Because the Journal's readership consists of members in both public and private practice, with diverse backgrounds and specialties, manuscripts should not presume a certain background or mindset. A brief summary of 100 to 125 words is helpful for technical articles of more than 2,000 words.

The CPA Journal accepts manuscripts for review in the following areas:

  • Accounting & Auditing
    • Financial Reporting
    • SEC Reporting and Regulation
    • Not-for-Profit and Government Accounting
    • Auditor Independence and Internal Controls
  • Taxation
    • Income Taxes (Federal, State, and Local)
    • Estates and Trusts
    • Sales and Use Taxes
  • Finance
    • Personal Financial Planning
    • Not-For-Profit Organizations
    • Corporate Finance
  • Management
    • Human Resources
    • Controllership and Budgeting
    • Employee Benefit Plans
    • Practice Development
  • Responsibilities & Leadership
    • Ethics
    • Education
    • Professional Development
    • Compliance
    • Fraud Detection and Deterrence
  • Technology
    • Software and Hardware
    • Internet and E-Commerce
    • IT Security

The Journal follows The New York Public Library Writer's Guide to Style and Usage. Please refer to this style manual (which is broadly similar to the Chicago Manual of Style) before submitting a manuscript. The Journal's preferred writing style has the following characteristics:

  • Direct, declarative statements
  • Active voice
  • Tight reasoning
  • Third-person narrative perspective, except in the case of opinion, commentary, or perspective submissions.

Please visit the archives by clicking here, and read published articles for examples of articles that reflect The Journal's style.

Manuscripts should contain citations and references wherever appropriate; parenthetical notes, rather than footnotes, should be used. Direct quotes taken directly from another source should be clearly labeled as such and should include an appropriate reference; any language that is paraphrased from another source should also include an appropriate reference. Care should be taken to ensure that any terms, effective dates, and figures taken from official pronouncements are exact and in conformity with the original source. Manuscripts reporting research should focus on the results rather than methodology. The Journal will consider articles that provide a practical application for research conducted.


The CPA Journal maintains a zero-tolerance policy concerning plagiarism. Published articles that the editors determine to include plagiarized content will be removed from the online archives and readers will be notified of the action in a subsequent issue of the Journal.

Furthermore, manuscripts received from an author determined to have at any time submitted plagiarized material will not be considered for future publication in The CPA Journal.

If you have questions, you may contact the editors at We look forward to working with you.


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