How to format your references using the Accounting, Organizations and Society citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Accounting, Organizations and Society. 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
Wiechert, U. H. (2002). Geology. Earth’s early atmosphere. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5602), 2341–2342.
A journal article with 2 authors
Guzman, J., & Stern, S. (2015). Innovation economics. Where is Silicon Valley? Science (New York, N.Y.), 347(6222), 606–609.
A journal article with 3 authors
Khush, R. S., Leulier, F., & Lemaitre, B. (2002). Immunology. Pathogen surveillance--the flies have it. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5566), 273–275.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Galik, K., Senut, B., Pickford, M., Gommery, D., Treil, J., Kuperavage, A. J., & Eckhardt, R. B. (2004). External and internal morphology of the BAR 1002’00 Orrorin tugenensis femur. Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5689), 1450–1453.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). (2011). Supplemental Proceedings. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Muenchen, R. A. (2010). R for Stata Users (J. M. Hilbe, Ed.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Huber, B. (2016). The Role of Universities in Society. In N. C. Liu, Y. Cheng, & Q. Wang (Eds.), Matching Visibility and Performance: A Standing Challenge for World-Class Universities (pp. 91–99). SensePublishers.

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, Organizations and Society.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, March 6). Amazing Footage Of Dolphins And Whales Taken Via Drone. 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. (1995). Amtrak: Deteriorated Financial and Operating Conditions Threaten Long-Term Viability (T-RCED-95-123). 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
Rodriguez, J. (2010). Viviendo en las sombras: Examining the educational experiences of undocumented immigrant Latino students in a public secondary school setting [Doctoral dissertation]. 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
Baker, L. (2011, February 23). In Vancouver, a New Effort to Sell Olympic Condos. New York Times, B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wiechert, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Guzman & Stern, 2015; Wiechert, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Guzman & Stern, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Khush et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Galik et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleAccounting, Organizations and Society
ISSN (print)0361-3682
Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Information Systems and Management
Sociology and Political Science

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