We analyze the international accounting research published in 30 U.S. academic journals and Accounting Organizations and Society (AOS) from 1980 to 1996 to provide strategies for those interested in pursuing academic careers in international accounting. We focus on the relationship between the most prolific authors and their academic environment. Our findings show that the set of authors and schools of the most prolific authors in international accounting in the U.S. are not the same as the set of the most prolific authors and schools of AOS. Neither the international accounting authors nor their academic affiliations were dominated by U.S. or U.K. academic institutions. The authors in international accounting were promoted within and between schools and many were full professors with professorships. The dominant research methods used and topics researched in AOS were different from those of U.S. journals. Young faculty should develop their career objective and align their employment and publication goals accordingly because they have a broad selection of mentors, universities and journals for which to target their research. Aligning research interests with academic environment choices should maximize an international accounting faculty's publication productivity and academic rank. Copyright ©1999 University of Illinois.