Sustainability Accounting, Management & Policy Jnl accepted into SSCI (Social Science Citation Index)

by Carol A Adams, Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief

Thanks to the Editorial Team, authors, reviewers and the publisher, Emerald, the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal (SAMPJ) has been accepted into SSCI (Social Science Citation Index) in 2017 for its contribution to the field of social and environmental sustainability.

I founded SAMPJ eight years ago through Emerald to fill a gap in  research which addresses practice and policy issues in sustainability accounting, management and policy.  SAMPJ articles have the potential to make a difference, to increase the speed and improve the outcomes with which organisations and policy makers lead change aligned with social and environmental sustainable development.

In addition to research articles, including case study articles, I like to include shorter ‘viewpoint’ articles from people with experience in business practice and policy transformations towards sustainability.

Acceptance into the SSCI is an important step to further increasing the number and quality of submissions and the extent to which they are read and cited. An Impact Factor will be available in 2018.

The latest Scopus CiteScore was released in May 2017 and listed SAMPJ with a new metric of 1.34. This places SAMPJ at 41/194 and in Quartile 1 in the primary field of Business Management and Accounting. This is a 20% increase from last year in the subject category. The new 2016 CiteScore and the CiteScore Tracker metrics have been updated at the top of the journal’s home page.

All good news for a journal just in its 8th volume.

The number of article downloads increased by 45% between 2015 and 2016, and compared to this time last year its downloads in 2017 are up by another 28.8%. Citations increased by 79% between 2014-2015, and by an additional 31.2% in 2016.  The journals which cite SAMPJ most are Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Cleaner Production and the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal.

The journal has four Associate Editors who work with me and an expert editorial team of reviewers from all over the world.

“The project behind SAMPJ has always been a source of inspiration. As an Associate Editor, I am part of a team that wants to make a difference, enhance the potential for research to influence practice, and promote a multi-disciplinary dialogue about how we can improve the state of our planet and society.” Professor Giovanna Michelon, University of Exeter, UK

“SAMPJ is a key journal for relevant, methodologically sound sustainability research that matters. Its role is of increasing importance for research aiming to contribute to sustainable development as some established journals tend to support an often purely formal race for rankings and promotion creating methodologically rigid publications of irrelevant content and disputable meaning” Professor Stefan Schaltegger, Leuphana University Luneburg, Germany

“In my request to rank SAMPJ at my previous school (internal ranking) in 2011, I had stated that ‘[b]ecause it is a new journal, the number of libraries and impact factors may not have been recorded or tracked. However, given the dynamics of the journal, particularly its editorial team, [interdisciplinary approach], and the solid publishing house, there is a strong potential and likelihood for this journal to increase its impact over time’. There could not be a better way to demonstrate this than the recent and fully deserved formal recognition by the SSCI” Professor Charles Cho, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada

“It’s great to see SAMPJ being acknowledged for the quality and significance of its contribution to the academic field, and its wider impact.  To have achieved this after just a few years is well-deserved recognition of the hard work that has gone into building the journal, and the significant place it now occupies in the interdisciplinary academic landscape.  There is clearly a need for a journal just like SAMPJ.” Associate Professor Gordon Boyce, La Trobe University, Australia

We are currently calling for papers to these special issues:

Sustainability Accounting and Control for Smart Cities, guest edited by Nathalie Crutzen, Smart City Institute, HEC Liege, University of Liege (Belgium), Jonas Van Bockhaven, Smart City Institute, HEC Liege, University of Liege (Belgium), Stefan Schaltegger, CSM, Leuphana University, Lueneburg (Germany), Rudolf Giffinger, Professor, Head of Centre of Urban and Regional Research, Department of Spatial Planning, TU Wien (Austria), Deadline for submissions 31 October 2017.

Nexus Between Integrated Thinking, Integrated Reporting and Governance, guested edited by Nick Barter, Griffith University,  Kathleen Herbohn, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Deadline for submissions are 31 December 2017.

Contesting Organisational Controversies: Critical Case Studies in Communication and Accountability, guest edited by Markus J. Milne (Canterbury, New Zealand), Helen Tregidga (RHUL, UK) , Matias Laine (Tampere, Finland), Deadline for submissions are 20 April 2018 .

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