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
Pfau, Tilman. 2002. “Atom Optics. Continuous Progress on Atom Lasers.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 296 (5576): 2155–2156.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hedwig, Berthold, and James F. A. Poulet. 2004. “Complex Auditory Behaviour Emerges from Simple Reactive Steering.” Nature 430 (7001): 781–785.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cheng, Li, Wei Hong, and Zhang-Cheng Hao. 2014. “Generation of Electromagnetic Waves with Arbitrary Orbital Angular Momentum Modes.” Scientific Reports 4 (April): 4814.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Kuhn, J. R., J. D. Armstrong, R. I. Bush, and P. Scherrer. 2000. “Rossby Waves on the Sun as Revealed by Solar ‘Hills.’” Nature 405 (6786): 544–546.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Koperski, Jeffrey. 2014. The Physics of Theism. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Bates, Seth. 2007. SharePoint 2007 User’s Guide: Learning Microsoft’s Collaboration and Productivity Platform. Edited by Tony Smith. Berkeley, CA: Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Abtew, Wossenu, and Assefa Melesse. 2013. “Vapor Pressure Calculation Methods.” In Evaporation and Evapotranspiration: Measurements and Estimations, edited by Assefa Melesse, 53–62. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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
Andrew, Elise. 2015. “Diving For Treasure To Help Protect The World’s Great Reefs.” 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. 1991. U.S. Airlines: Weak Financial Structure Threatens Competition. T-RCED-91-6. 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
Hidalgo, Fabian. 2017. “Light of Hope Recuperative Care Center, LLC: A Business Plan.” Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
St. John Mandel, Emily. 2016. “Brave New World.” New York Times, October 28.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pfau 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Pfau 2002; Hedwig and Poulet 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Hedwig and Poulet 2004)
  • Three authors: (Cheng, Hong, and Hao 2014)
  • 4 or more authors: (Kuhn et al. 2000)

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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