How to format your references using the Accounting Forum citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Accounting Forum. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Nakano, A. (2015). Cell biology: Polarized transport in the Golgi apparatus. Nature, 521(7553), 427–428.
A journal article with 2 authors
Peters, S. E., & Foote, M. (2002). Determinants of extinction in the fossil record. Nature, 416(6879), 420–424.
A journal article with 3 authors
Venditti, C., Meade, A., & Pagel, M. (2011). Multiple routes to mammalian diversity. Nature, 479(7373), 393–396.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mancoff, F. B., Rizzo, N. D., Engel, B. N., & Tehrani, S. (2005). Phase-locking in double-point-contact spin-transfer devices. Nature, 437(7057), 393–395.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
McLeish, B. (2010). Successful Marketing Strategies for Nonprofit Organizations. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bello, F., Kajimoto, H., & Visell, Y. (Eds.). (2016). Haptics: Perception, Devices, Control, and Applications: 10th International Conference, EuroHaptics 2016, London, UK, July 4-7, 2016, Proceedings, Part II (Vol. 9775). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Hoque, M. T., Chetty, M., Lewis, A., & Sattar, A. (2008). DFS Based Partial Pathways in GA for Protein Structure Prediction. In M. Chetty, A. Ngom, & S. Ahmad (Eds.), Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics: Third IAPR International Conference, PRIB 2008, Melbourne, Australia, October 15-17, 2008. Proceedings (pp. 41–53). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Accounting Forum.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, April 21). What Does 170-Year-Old Champagne Taste Like? Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office. (1992). Space Programs: NASA’s Independent Cost Estimating Capability Needs Improvement (No. NSIAD-93-73). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Eng, R. (2014). Exploring Investors’ Decision Making Processes During the 2008 Financial Crisis Using Epstein’s Cognitive Experiential Self-Theory: A Multiple-case Study (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Hubbard, B., & Kelly, K. (2017, October 25). Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Move Past Oil: Big Goals and Hurdles. New York Times, p. A12.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Nakano, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Nakano, 2015; Peters & Foote, 2002).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Peters & Foote, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Venditti, Meade, & Pagel, 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Mancoff, Rizzo, Engel, & Tehrani, 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleAccounting Forum
ISSN (print)0155-9982

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