The authors of this manuscript have served as editors of two major accounting education journals for the decade ending in 2005. During this period, we evaluated approximately 500 research manuscripts submitted to the “Main Section” of Issues in Accounting Education and the Journal of Accounting Education. We performed a content‐analysis of the files of research manuscripts that had been rejected to determine both primary and secondary reasons for rejection. We find that, by far, most manuscript rejections occur after a first‐round review (i.e., after initial submission). We also find that, for the most part, the reasons accounting education research manuscripts are rejected are consistent over time, journal, and editor. The reasons for rejection are generally manifested early in the life of the project. Primary reasons for rejection are (1) a poorly motivated study, (2) a poorly designed study, and/or (3) an insignificant contribution to the accounting education literature. Poor writing is a common secondary reason for rejecting accounting education research manuscripts. The most common reason a manuscript was rejected after resubmission was the failure of the author to adequately address concerns expressed by reviewers and the editor during previous review rounds. We include an appendix that provides sources of guidance for getting manuscripts published in accounting education journals.

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