Financial Accountability & Management


 Special Issue on

“The Future of Public Audit”

Guest editors: Laurence Ferry (Durham University Business School, UK),
Vaughan S. Radcliffe (Ivey Business School, Canada), Ileana Steccolini (Essex Business School, UK)

The audit profession has been under an ongoing ‘rumbling controversy of not being fit for purpose that has made it the subject of great scrutiny and much debate that will continue into the 2020’s (Canning et al., 2018), with critical questions asking whether audit is able to meet the expectations of society (Murphy et al., 2019).

The Special Issue is interested in any paper that addresses the current state of public Audit, where it may be heading and what are the implications for Society and the public interest. It is open to all forms of methodology. This includes historical, archival, field study and comparative studies among others. The guest Editors would particularly be interest in any studies that involve co-authoring between academics and practitioners, although the Research would be expected to make a substantive theoretical contribution.

Preliminary workshop

A workshop will be held in London, England, on June 18th, 2020. Authors of selected papers from the workshop will be invited to submit revised papers for this Special Issue, subject to the journal’s normal review process. Attendance and/or presentation at the workshop is not a pre-requisite for submission ot the Special Issue.

Please find the details on the Special Issue and the Workshop here!

 –> Submission deadline for paper proposals (max. 2 pages) for the workshop:
28 February 2020 (Please submit to 

–> Submission Deadline of full papers to the Special Issue via the journal’s online platform: 31 December 2020.

Any queries or enquiries about the Special Issue should be directed to

 Special Issue on

“Accounting and accountability for the digital transformation of public services”

Guest editors: Deborah Agostino, Michela Arnaboldi, Enrico Bracci,
Sanja Korac, Iris Saliterer, Ileana Steccolini

The Special Issue welcomes theoretical, conceptual, and empirical manuscripts that introduce an accounting and accountability perspective on digital technologies such as big data, social media, (predictive) analytics, and AI. Please find the details here!

 –> Submission deadline:  31 August 2020, but early submission is encouraged. 

The guest editors welcome enquiries and declarations of interest before submitting – please direct the latter to