Accounting History

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

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


AFAANZ members have full online access to Accounting History Journal 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.

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.

Special Issue on Historical Accounting for Enterprise and Society in Africa

Virtual Workshop

Friday, 31 March 2023 | 09:00 – 14:00 GMT/UTC

The Guest Editors of the special issue on Historical Accounting for Enterprise and Society in Africa are pleased to invite contributors to the special online workshop in respect to this
Special Issue on 31 March 2023.  The virtual workshop is aimed at prospective contributors and academics who have an interest on the topical issues the special issue seeks to address. This Special Issue seeks to understand the history and legacy of accounting and accounting systems in the development of enterprise and society in Africa. It directs attention to all traditions of accounting through the long history of African indigenous economies and cultures. The full call for papers is available here.

Those wishing to present their ongoing work at the workshop should reach out to the Guest Editors: Professor Grietjie Verhoef ( and Dr Olayinka Moses
( with a proposal or an extended abstract of the intended paper by Friday, 10 March 2023.

Workshop submission guideline:
The proposal/extended abstracts for consideration should clearly identify:

  • purpose of the research
  • research design including theoretical framework and contextual focus/data of the study.
  • research method and expected results
  • intended contribution(s) of study and how it aligns with the special issue.


  • Click here to register for the workshop.
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The closing date for full paper submission is 30 September 2023.


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. 

For more information and to purchase access to the journal please visit the Accounting History Special Interest Group webpage HERE. That site also has details of the AHSIG activities, including symposia.  To see Editorial Board for the Accounting History Journal, click HERE