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Avoiding "Profscam": For Accounting Educators.

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Abstract: In partial response to a recent best-seller decrying the so-called "ProfScam " scenario whereby professors downgrade undergraduate teaching in favor of often irrelevant research, the paper offers guidance to accounting faculty seeking to undertake meaningful publishable research. Recommendations are given for four stages in the research process: (1) For the planning stage, faculty should concentrate their efforts within the established body of research and remain current with the latest research in their area of specialization. (2) For the research stage, faculty should consider opportunities to replicate, criticize, review, discuss, and present papers before peer groups. The need to work around constraints such as time, education, resources, and financial support is noted as is the value of working with a co-author. (3) At the writing stage, faculty should write with a specific outlet in mind, making inquiries to editors, and obtaining colleagues evaluations before submitting their manuscripts for publication. (4) At the submission and review stage, researchers need to deal positively with editors and with reviewer suggestions and consider alternative outlets. Faculty are encouraged to develop and implement a larger program of research. 20 references. (DB)

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