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
Hunten, D. M. (2006). The sequestration of ethane on Titan in smog particles. Nature, 443(7112), 669–670.
A journal article with 2 authors
Haney, C. H., & Ausubel, F. M. (2015). MICROBIOME. Plant microbiome blueprints. Science (New York, N.Y.), 349(6250), 788–789.
A journal article with 3 authors
Standen, E. M., Du, T. Y., & Larsson, H. C. E. (2014). Developmental plasticity and the origin of tetrapods. Nature, 513(7516), 54–58.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Colombo, K., Grill, S. W., Kimple, R. J., Willard, F. S., Siderovski, D. P., & Gönczy, P. (2003). Translation of polarity cues into asymmetric spindle positioning in Caenorhabditis elegans embryos. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5627), 1957–1961.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Eisner, H. (2005). Managing Complex Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Nelson, T., & Winawer, H. (Eds.). (2014). Critical Topics in Family Therapy: AFTA Monograph Series Highlights. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Wong, K., Holliday, N. D., & Kerr, I. D. (2016). Single Molecule or Ensemble Fluorescence Microscopy Investigations of ABC Transporter Oligomerisation and Dynamics. In A. M. George (Ed.), ABC Transporters - 40 Years on (pp. 85–102). 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, Organizations and Society.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2015, October 28). Thawing Ancient Permafrost Shown To Rapidly Become Carbon Dioxide. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2002). Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellites: Status, Plans, and Future Data Management Challenges (No. GAO-02-684T). 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
Tanner-Anderson, S. L. (2014). “The Road Less Traveled”: The Female’s Journey to the State Superintendency (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Gustines, G. G. (2016, July 1). DC Bringing Back Two Gay Heroes. New York Times, p. C2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hunten, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Haney & Ausubel, 2015; Hunten, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Haney & Ausubel, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Standen, Du, & Larsson, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Colombo et al., 2003)

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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