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
McGillicuddy, Dennis J., Jr. 2011. “Oceans. Eddies Masquerade as Planetary Waves.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 334 (6054): 318–319.
A journal article with 2 authors
Stefankiewicz, Artur R., and Jeremy K. M. Sanders. 2010. “Chemistry. Harmony of the Self-Assembled Spheres.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 328 (5982): 1115–1116.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ravishankara, A. R., John S. Daniel, and Robert W. Portmann. 2009. “Nitrous Oxide (N2O): The Dominant Ozone-Depleting Substance Emitted in the 21st Century.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 326 (5949): 123–125.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Ilayaraja, Renganathan, Ramalingam Rajkumar, Durairaj Rajesh, Arumugam Ramachandran Muralidharan, Parasuraman Padmanabhan, and Govindaraju Archunan. 2014. “Evaluating the Binding Efficiency of Pheromone Binding Protein with Its Natural Ligand Using Molecular Docking and Fluorescence Analysis.” Scientific Reports 4 (June): 5201.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wood, Paul. 2013. Western Art and the Wider World. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
An edited book
Michail, Sonia, and Philip M. Sherman, eds. 2009. Probiotics in Pediatric Medicine. Nutrition and Health Series. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press.
A chapter in an edited book
Hall, Mary, Jacqueline Chame, Chun Chen, Jaewook Shin, Gabe Rudy, and Malik Murtaza Khan. 2010. “Loop Transformation Recipes for Code Generation and Auto-Tuning.” In Languages and Compilers for Parallel Computing: 22nd International Workshop, LCPC 2009, Newark, DE, USA, October 8-10, 2009, Revised Selected Papers, edited by Guang R. Gao, Lori L. Pollock, John Cavazos, and Xiaoming Li, 50–64. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 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 History Review.

Blog post
Andrew, Danielle. 2016. “Whale Of A Problem: Why Do Humpback Whales Protect Other Species From Attack?” 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. 1998. Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Telecommunications Readiness Critical, Yet Overall Status Largely Unknown. T-AIMD-98-212. 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
Bravo, Michael. 2015. “The Development of a Viable Business Plan: Analytics of 30 Day Readmission Rates for Hospitals and Ancillary Services.” 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
Hollander, Sophia. 2000. “It’s All in the Family as Princeton Goes for a Title.” New York Times, May 29.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McGillicuddy 2011).
This sentence cites two references (McGillicuddy 2011; Stefankiewicz and Sanders 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Stefankiewicz and Sanders 2010)
  • Three authors: (Ravishankara, Daniel, and Portmann 2009)
  • 4 or more authors: (Ilayaraja 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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