How to format your references using the Accounting History Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Accounting History Review. 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
Gilbert, D. M. 2001. “Making Sense of Eukaryotic DNA Replication Origins.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 294 (5540): 96–100.
A journal article with 2 authors
Klejnot, John, and Chentao Lin. 2004. “Plant Sciences. A CONSTANS Experience Brought to Light.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 303 (5660): 965–966.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sidi, Samuel, Rainer W. Friedrich, and Teresa Nicolson. 2003. “NompC TRP Channel Required for Vertebrate Sensory Hair Cell Mechanotransduction.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 301 (5629): 96–99.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Faulkner, D. R., T. M. Mitchell, D. Healy, and M. J. Heap. 2006. “Slip on ‘weak’ Faults by the Rotation of Regional Stress in the Fracture Damage Zone.” Nature 444 (7121): 922–925.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
E. Sutherland, Peter. 2014. Principles of Electrical Safety. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Makki, S. Kami, Xiang-Yang Li, Niki Pissinou, Shamila Makki, Masoumeh Karimi, and Kia Makki, eds. 2008. Sensor and Ad Hoc Networks: Theoretical and Algorithmic Aspects. Vol. 7. Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Ünsal, Alparslan, and Can Zafer Karaman. 2013. “Renal Calculus Disease.” In Genitourinary Radiology: Kidney, Bladder and Urethra: The Pathologic Basis, edited by Vikram S. Dogra and Gregory T. MacLennan, 121–144. London: 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 History Review.

Blog post
Davis, Josh. 2016. “North American Tribes Temporarily Halt Construction Of Pipeline In North Dakota.” IFLScience. IFLScience.


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. 2014. Advanced Imaging Technology: TSA Needs Additional Information before Procuring Next-Generation Systems. GAO-14-357. 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
Smith, Cornelia A. 2014. “Teacher and Student Perceptions of Bullying at Leclaire School.” Doctoral dissertation, Edwardsville, IL: Southern Illinois University.

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
Koblin, John. 2016. “Anchor Illuminates Fox Inquiry of Ailes.” New York Times, November 12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gilbert 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Gilbert 2001; Klejnot and Lin 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Klejnot and Lin 2004)
  • Three authors: (Sidi, Friedrich, and Nicolson 2003)
  • 4 or more authors: (Faulkner et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleAccounting History Review
AbbreviationAcc. Hist. Rev.
ISSN (print)2155-2851
ISSN (online)2155-286X
General Business, Management and Accounting
Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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