Publication Ethics Task Force

creating publication standards

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Overview of the AAA's Publication Ethics Policies

The purpose of creating publication standards is to support the creation of scholarly work. Working with the NIH, David B. Resnik, Bioethicist and NIEHS IRB Chair, describes the importance of developing and adhering to ethical norms in research as a means to "promote the aims of research… build values that are essential to collaborative work… and help to ensure that researchers can be held accountable to the public."¹

As a thought leader in Accounting, the American Accounting Association has the opportunity to develop community norms and policies to support authors, editors, and consumers of accounting research to create and provide stewardship for intellectual property of the highest caliber.

A Publications Ethics Task Force was empaneled in 2012 to build upon the work of the Publications Committee to create the AAA policies on plagiarism, authorship, and data integrity, which have all been approved by the AAA Board of Directors and are available with their policies and procedures (  

Beginning in the 2015-16 academic year, the responsibility for developing publications ethics policies transitioned to the Publications Committee.  They developed a policy regarding citations of articles that have been corrected in the literature (such as retractions) that was approved by the Board in March, 2016.  Currently they are working on a policy to minimize the overlap in editorial decision rights between journals.  They would appreciate you reviewing this policy and providing feedback.  You can either comment to the post here (after logging in), or send an email to Terry Shevlin (, chair of the Publications Committee, and Julie Smith David (, professional staff liaison to the Publications Committee.

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Publications Committee 2015-16


Name / Affiliation


Terry Shevlin
University of California, Irvine

VP Research and Publications

Pierre Jinghong Liang
Carnegie Mellon University

Catherine Shakespeare
University of Michigan

Lakshmanan Shivakumar
London Business School

Gail Hoover King 
Purdue University Calumet

David Stout 
Youngstown State University

John (Harry) Evans
University of Pittsburgh



Bill Pasewark
Texas Tech University

Board of Directors Liaison
Terry Shevlin
University of California, Irvine

Members of the 2012-2015 Task Force

  • 1-9 of 9
  • Julie Smith David
  • Margot Cella
  • Diane Hazard
  • Steven J Kachelmeier
  • Judy Luther
  • Mary Stone
  • Terry Shevlin
  • Kathryn Kadous
  • Kristy L Towry

¹Resnik, David B. What is Ethics Research & Why is it Important? National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health. accessed on November 8, 2012.