AIMS & SCOPE
The EAA PhD Mentoring Initiative (PMI) aims to help European PhD students refine their research proposals and enhance the overall quality of their work by accessing timely advice and feedback from some of Europe’s top accounting researchers. The PMI is a resource open to all European PhD students in accounting. The scope of the PMI is any area of accounting research, broadly defined. As such, the PMI welcomes submissions in all subject areas and theoretical perspectives, and across the various paradigms, methodologies, and styles of conducting that research.
Many European PhD students face limited opportunities to expose their plans and ideas to experienced researchers at an early stage of the research design process. The PMI seeks to address this problem by providing a virtual means of accessing external, independent help and support from experts in your field.
Experience suggests that receiving expert feedback and guidance at the initial stage of your research can have a dramatic positive impact on the quality of your final PhD thesis. In particular, timely feedback can help you to:
The PMI operates a journal-style peer review system. You submit your research proposal via the specially designed submission system where the editors will select an expert reviewer to provide constructive feedback on your work via a reviewer’s report. The proposal is confidential. Reviewers are not allowed to reveal or divulge the content to any party during or after the assessment and are requested to observe the Taylor & Francis ethical guidelines for peer reviewers. You and your supervisors are then free to use the comments and suggestions provided in the report as you think appropriate.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
Thank you for choosing to submit your proposal to the PMI. These instructions will ensure we have everything required so your proposal can move through expert review smoothly. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your proposal matches the PMI’s requirements.
To start the submission process, you need to make sure you have three documents:
What is a PhD proposal?
A research proposal is a structured and organized explanation of the research you intend to undertake, “a plan to action”. Typically, a proposal is prepared before data collection, in order to assess the strength and relevance of your conceptual arguments, but also to evaluate, when appropriate, if the operationalization of the research is feasible and consistent with the epistemological standing of your research.
In the context of your PhD studies, you may be developing a research proposal for each chapter of your thesis, or an overall one, depending on guidance from your institution and supervisor(s). We welcome any type of research proposals, but if you are working on a paper-based thesis, you may want to consider submitting one proposal at the time.
Normally, a proposal should be no longer than 4,000 words and it should articulate what your research question is, why it is relevant and what contribution you expect to make to the existing literature. It should also delineate your methodological approach (i.e. how you intend to operationalize the research, which methodology to use, how to collect the data, etc.).
It should incorporate:
Is my PhD proposal ready for submission?
Before you submit your proposal to obtain feedback, please ensure you can answer ‘yes’ to all of the following questions: