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
Costandi, Moheb. 2014. “Rehabilitation: Machine Recovery.” Nature 510 (7506): S8-9.
A journal article with 2 authors
Moore, Tirin, and Katherine M. Armstrong. 2003. “Selective Gating of Visual Signals by Microstimulation of Frontal Cortex.” Nature 421 (6921): 370–373.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bollasina, Massimo A., Yi Ming, and V. Ramaswamy. 2011. “Anthropogenic Aerosols and the Weakening of the South Asian Summer Monsoon.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 334 (6055): 502–505.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Kawasaki, H., L. Schiltz, R. Chiu, K. Itakura, K. Taira, Y. Nakatani, and K. K. Yokoyama. 2000. “ATF-2 Has Intrinsic Histone Acetyltransferase Activity Which Is Modulated by Phosphorylation.” Nature 405 (6783): 195–200.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McMaster, Marvin C. 2005. LC/MS. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hörner, Wolfgang, Hans Döbert, Lutz R. Reuter, and Botho von Kopp, eds. 2015. The Education Systems of Europe. 2nd ed. 2015. Global Education Systems. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Upton, Dominic, and Penney Upton. 2015. “Quality of Life and Well-Being.” In Psychology of Wounds and Wound Care in Clinical Practice, edited by Penney Upton, 85–111. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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. “Animals Could Help Reveal Why Humans Fall For Illusions.” 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. 2003. Business Modernization: Disciplined Processes Needed to Better Manage NASA’s Integrated Financial Management Program. GAO-04-118. 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
Bradford, Annette. 2015. “Internationalization Policy at the Genba: Exploring the Implementation of Social Science English-Taught Undergraduate Degree Programs in Three Japanese Universities.” Doctoral dissertation, Washington, DC: George Washington 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
Gorman, James. 2017. “The Power of the Bumblebee Brain.” New York Times, February 23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Costandi 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Costandi 2014; Moore and Armstrong 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Moore and Armstrong 2003)
  • Three authors: (Bollasina, Ming, and Ramaswamy 2011)
  • 4 or more authors: (Kawasaki 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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