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
Lerman, Liz. 2011. “Genome-Sequencing Anniversary. The Genome Dances.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 331 (6020): 1027.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wickens, Marvin, and Jae Eun Kwak. 2008. “Molecular Biology. A Tail Tale for U.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 319 (5868): 1344–1345.
A journal article with 3 authors
Phillips, Nicole R., Marc L. Sprouse, and Rhonda K. Roby. 2014. “Simultaneous Quantification of Mitochondrial DNA Copy Number and Deletion Ratio: A Multiplex Real-Time PCR Assay.” Scientific Reports 4 (January): 3887.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Chen, Huanhui, Yanan Wang, Qunlong Wang, Junhui Li, Shiqi Yang, and Zhirong Zhu. 2014. “Bifunctional Organic Polymeric Catalysts with a Tunable Acid-Base Distance and Framework Flexibility.” Scientific Reports 4 (September): 6475.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Smilansky, Saul. 2007. 10 Moral Paradoxes. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
An edited book
Arena, Paolo, and Luca Patanè, eds. 2014. Spatial Temporal Patterns for Action-Oriented Perception in Roving Robots II: An Insect Brain Computational Model. Vol. 21. Cognitive Systems Monographs. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Su, Chiaoning, and Paige L. Gibson. 2016. “Digitizing the Memorial: Institutional and Vernacular Remembrances of the Taiwanese 921 Earthquake and Typhoon Morakot.” In Memory in a Mediated World: Remembrance and Reconstruction, edited by Andrea Hajek, Christine Lohmeier, and Christian Pentzold, 74–89. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

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. “The Chameleon Field: Will We Ever Find This ‘Fifth Force’?” 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. 2012. Airport Noise Grants: FAA Needs to Better Ensure Project Eligibility and Improve Strategic Goal and Performance Measures. GAO-12-890. 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
Chen, Melissa Soriano. 2014. “Emergency Shelter for Abused and Neglected Elders A Grant Proposal Project.” 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
Montague, James. 2017. “Door Opens to Hinterlands of Soccer.” New York Times, January 11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lerman 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Lerman 2011; Wickens and Kwak 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Wickens and Kwak 2008)
  • Three authors: (Phillips, Sprouse, and Roby 2014)
  • 4 or more authors: (Chen et al. 2014)

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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