The purpose of this paper is to assess the performance and current position of the Meditari Accountancy Research Journal by building a profile of the articles published over the twenty-one years since its inception.
We conduct a descriptive meta-analysis of 293 articles published in 30 issues and draw on comparable South African and international studies to structure our research. We examine contributors, research fields, research methods, citations and jurisdictions and assess emerging trends.
Meditari Accountancy Research Journal has a strong relationship with the South African accounting community. All dimensions of this article indicate that Meditari Accountancy Research has evolved over the twenty-one years since its inception and has made progress towards an international research journal.
Given that this study relates to one accounting research journal only, there is no specific benchmark against to which to assess its progress. However, the literature offers a basis for comparison.
The challenge is to maintain the traditional South African links while meeting the needs of a changing international accounting research environment.
The current study provides a comprehensive basis for an evaluation of the journal and its future potential by reviewing the full history of Meditari Accountancy Research Journal, which presents insights into the articles published within it, including the range and predominance of contributing authors, research methods, research fields, nature of research, citation rates and jurisdictions.