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23 May 2021
Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment
Special Issue Editor(s)
Dr. Abdalmuttaleb Al-Sartawi,
Prof. Khaled Hussainey,
Dr. Anjum Razzaque,
Prof. Abdel Naser Nour,
An-Najah National University
Artificial Intelligence and Sustainable Finance
During the 1950s, after World War 2, the research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) started emerging when scholars tested the extent to which machines could compete with the processes of human beings. The 1960s brought about a decade of intensified research on AI, reflected in projects pertaining to chess games and robotics. Recently, research studies have introduced the Expert Systems and Neural Networks which imitate human behavior, such as learning, cognitive logic rationalizing, problem-solving, and computational intelligence and using mathematical tools mimicking the natural surroundings. Despite AI systems not being able to replicate human intelligence, it can provide accurate outputs that can far replace human efforts. In accounting, we need to analyze the strengths and the limits of AI systems to make it useful in solving accounting and business problems and to determine the training and skills needed to allow accountants to easily control intelligent systems. When accountants start operating the related AI systems, they will be capable to enhance their competencies and will effectively participate in improving the business value as well as the AI systems.
Technology plays a vital role in today’s economy. Many countries around the world have developed their own plans to increase investments in clean resources which can develop the economy and have high contributions to sustainability goals. In the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI), societies are leaning on big data, social media, knowledge management, and data science to survive and achieve these sustainability goals. Accordingly, the rapid expansion of intelligent systems will increase the quantity of financial data produced, the demand for accounting and financial solutions for emerging issues will increase demand for well-educated and skilled accountants who can operate the financial-based artificial intelligence systems.
The question is: How can Artificial intelligence (AI) be used in accounting and financial reporting? AI helps investors to collect, analyze, and interpret more information than ever before when accounting for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) related-risks and opportunities facing companies as well as investor portfolios. AI allows sustainable investors to process massive amounts of data that hold crucial information for ESG investing. Moreover, through AI, computer algorithms that have been developed and fine-tuned to find and analyze content can digest all of the information available about a company, which can be a huge and almost impossible task for human employees to do efficiently and in a timely manner. Similarly, sentiment analysis is currently automating tasks that would have been impossible to be conducted by humans even a few years ago.
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This special issue “Artificial Intelligence and Sustainable Finance" is a discussion forum embracing a wide variety of topics in sustainable finance and ESG reporting that promote academic and practical research agenda that propose enhancements to the field, as it includes in-depth discussions of the vital issues, opportunities, and practical challenges related to the integration of AI into ESG reporting and its role in investment decisions. This special issue challenge will bring together researchers from across several fields of study, together with practitioners, to tackle the following topics:
1. ESG Reporting and Artificial Intelligence
2. Assessing ESG risks and impacts facing companies and investor portfolios
3. AI and the future of the accounting profession
4. The effect of AI on financial disclosure
5. Sentiment analysis algorithms and ESG Investing
6. Ethical concerns of AI and data management
7. Using data science techniques to align companies with the global goal of sustainability
8. AI and the future of financial education.
9. AI and green finance
10. Fintech, Regtech, IT Governance, Cybersecurity, and sustainability
- Submission deadline: May 23, 2021
- Acceptance notification deadline: August 1, 2021
- Submission of final papers deadline: September 1, 2021
- Planned publication: December 30, 2021
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