Accounting for Planet, People and Profit (APPP)

APPP is the official conference proceedings of the Centre for Critical Accounting & Auditing Research (CCAAR). The research group is based in the School of Accountancy at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. The Centre acts as a forum for research into accounting and auditing and adopts a broad social and political context, focusing on issues of sustainability as well as embracing historical perspectives and utopian visions of accounting.

The Centre is a hub for accounting and auditing research which explores and seeks to address urgent 21st century issues relating to corporate reporting, ecological and biodiversity accounting, assurance and corporate governance It encourages research drawing on positive, interpretive and critical traditions and which is aimed at both the academic and practitioner community. The Centre hosts annual conferences on contemporary issue relating to accounting, auditing and broader governance considerations. Contributions are welcomed from a variety of theoretical, methodological and philosophical traditions. Inter-disciplinary work is encouraged and, while the Centre is based in South Africa, papers dealing with other jurisdictions can be submitted to and presented at the CCAAR’s conferences. . Doctoral students and early career researchers are most welcome as presenters and participants.

The dates for the main conference will be communicated in the calls for papers. All papers are subject to double-blind peer review. Submissions are welcome across the following areas (but are not limited to):

  • emancipatory and critical accounting and auditing research,
  • social, environmental, ecological and extinction accounting,
  • management accounting and control,
  • integrated reporting (and equivalents) including the assurance of reports ,
  • corporate governance and accountability,
  • accounting for risk and issues relating to internal control and risk management,
  • the history and development of the accounting and auditing profession,
  • accounting education,
  • accounting history especially in the area of social and environmental accounting
  • financial reporting, especially when focused on the link between financial and environmental, social and governance factors,
  • the impact of accounting, assurance and different types of corporate reporting on capital markets, organisations and individuals and
  • public sector accounting.

Review process

Each paper is reviewed by the editors and, if potentially suitable for presentation at conference and inclusion in the related proceedings, is sent to at least two independent referees for double blind peer review. As a result, submission of paper to one of the conferences does not guarantee that the paper will be presented at the conference and included as part of the proceedings.


Papers submitted to APPP should not have been published before in their current or substantially similar form or be under consideration for publication at a journal or equivalent outlet. Authors warrant that any paper submitted for presentation at conference at inclusion in APPP does not infringe any existing copyright and indemnify the publisher against any loss or damages resulting from breach of existing copyright.

A book of abstracts will be made publicly available on the site (link to past conference proceedings page). Full conference proceedings will only be made available to participants. APPP does not retain copyright over the publications. The conferences provide an opportunity to receive constructive feedback on working papers and, as a result, authors are free to publish their work in other journals.

Third party copyright permissions

Prior to article submission, authors should clear permission to use any content that has not been created by them. Failure to do so may result in a paper not being accepted for publication. When reproducing tables, figures or excerpts (of more than 250 words) from another source, it is expected that:

  1. Authors obtain the necessary written permission in advance from any third-party owners of copyright for the use in print and electronic formats of any of their text, illustrations, graphics, or other material, in their manuscript.  Permission must also be cleared for any minor adaptations of any work not created by them.
  2. If an author adapts significantly any material, the author must inform the copyright holder of the original work.
  3. Authors obtain any proof of consent statements
  4. Authors must always acknowledge the source in figure captions and refer to the source in the reference list.
  5. Authors should not assume that any content which is freely available on the web is free to use.  Authors should check the website for details of the copyright holder to seek permission for re-use.

The journal is forthcoming and the release date will be communicated in due course.