Accounting History

Edited by Professor Carolyn Cordery and Associate Professors Carolyn Fowler and Laura Maran.

Accounting History is an AFAANZ Journal proudly supported by the Accounting History Special Interest Group.

AFAANZ members have full online access to Accounting History by accessing the journal online via the Sage Publications page HERE

Accounting History is a specialist, international peer-reviewed journal that encourages critical and interpretative historical research on the nature, roles, uses and impacts of accounting and provides a forum for the publication of high-quality manuscripts on the historical development of accounting across all organisational forms. The journal is acknowledged as a premier journal in its field and is a prized resource for academics, practitioners and students who seek to augment understanding of accounting's past and use that understanding to elucidate accounting's present and its possible future development.

We would like to encourage AFAANZ members to submit papers on all aspects of accounting history research. To submit a paper, start HERE. Submission Fees are not charged.

Special Issues: Accounting History regularly invites papers for Special Issues. These are listed here and current Special Issues include:

Accounting History International Conference: Accounting History hosts a biennial international conference in collaboration with a university partner.The twelfth Accounting History International Conference (12AHIC) will be held in Siena (Italy) from 4 to 6 September 2024, with the conference theme being: “Accounting for arts, culture and heritage in historical perspectives”. Papers written in the English language and complying with the Accounting History manuscript style should be submitted online in Word format no later than 31 March 2024 at

Emerging Scholars: Accounting History fully supports emerging scholars and each Accounting History International Conference runs an emerging scholars colloquium.

Robert W. Gibson Manuscript Award is presented annually to the paper which makes the most significant contribution to the accounting history literature. It is voted on by AHSIG members and Editorial Board members.  Click HERE to see the recipients of the award since 1996.

Editors’ Choice Collections: The intention of these collections is to bring together a selection of choice papers from across the journal's archive, centred around key themes and important debates in the field. The papers in new editors’ choice collections are made freely available for a short time, with the current one being:

With more than 20 Editors’ Choice collections, including on the topics indicated by upcoming special issues, we encourage readers to look for others on the Accounting History Editors’ Choice Collection website.


It is a pleasure to advise the award of the Robert W. Gibson Manuscript Award to Lee Moerman and Sandy van der Laan for their article ‘Accounting for and accounts of death: Past, present and future possibilities’ which was published in volume 27, issue 1of Accounting History.

The award is presented to the author(s) of the article published during the year "which makes the most significant contribution to the accounting history literature".  We feel sure that you will join us in congratulating Lee and Sandy for this high quality contribution to accounting history scholarship.

The 2022 Robert W. Gibson Manuscript Award is sponsored by the AFAANZ Accounting History Special Interest Group (AHSIG). Their sponsorship support is much appreciated. Our thanks are also expressed to the members of the AHSIG and Accounting History Editorial Board who submitted votes during the voting process.

We also wish to acknowledge voting also highly commended the paper by Alan Sangster and Fabio Santini ‘Lost in translation: Pacioli's de computis et scripturis’ in Volume 27, issue 3.  Congratulations to Alan and Fabio as well!

Thank you to all who voted and to our diligent Journal reviewers as well as the authors. 

AFAANZ Members have free access to the journal. To see Editorial Board for Accounting History, click HERE. The journal has a special relationship with the Accounting History Special Interest Group, you can visit their webpage HERE. That site also has details of the AHSIG activities, including symposia.