Accounting, Organizations and Society was established in 1975 by Anthony Hopwood, who subsequently continued to take an active role as editor through promoting conference and releasing editorial statements that helped to identify emerging areas of accounting research. As of 2012, the journal was known for having a history of publishing innovative research work.
Accounting, Organizations and Society focuses on the relationship between accounting and both human behaviour and organizations' structures, processes, social, and political environments. Specific topics covered include the social role of accounting and social accounting; processes influencing innovations in accounting; organizational strategies for designing accounting and information systems; the behaviour of users of accounting information; and cognitive studies of accounting and decision-making.
The journal is abstracted and indexed in Current Contents/Social & Behavioral Sciences, RePEc, and the Social Sciences Citation Index. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2012 impact factor of 1.867, ranking it 10th out of 89 journals in the category "Business, Finance". It is also one of the journals used by the Financial Times to compile its business school research rank. According to a 2006 meta-analysis of studies of accounting journals, Accounting, Organizations and Society was at the time one of the five accounting journals to be consistently ranked as top accounting journals.