Using Google Scholar citations to rank accounting programs: a global perspective

  • Jesse Y. Chan
  • Kam C. Chan
  • Jamie Y. Tong
  • Feida (Frank) Zhang
Original Research


We conduct an assessment on accounting program research performance based on Google Scholar citations for all articles from a set of 23 quality accounting journals during 1991–2010. Our work is a new approach in accounting by directly measuring the impact of the faculty research in accounting programs. We find that the top-5 accounting programs are the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and Harvard University. These top programs produce a large number of high impact articles. In addition, using the mean citations from all articles in a journal, we find that the Review of Accounting Studies (RAST) is a top-5 journal, replacing Contemporary Accounting Research (CAR).


Ranking Quality Google Scholar 

JEL Classification

G10 A11 J44 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jesse Y. Chan
    • 1
  • Kam C. Chan
    • 2
  • Jamie Y. Tong
    • 3
  • Feida (Frank) Zhang
    • 4
  1. 1.J.M. Tull School of AccountingUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of FinanceWestern Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA
  3. 3.UWA Business SchoolUniversity of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia
  4. 4.School of Business and GovernanceMurdoch UniversityPerthAustralia

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