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
Zoghbi, H. Y. (2003). Postnatal neurodevelopmental disorders: meeting at the synapse? Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5646), 826–830.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kasting, J. F., & Siefert, J. L. (2002). Life and the evolution of Earth’s atmosphere. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5570), 1066–1068.
A journal article with 3 authors
Parvanov, E. D., Petkov, P. M., & Paigen, K. (2010). Prdm9 controls activation of mammalian recombination hotspots. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5967), 835.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Potts, R., Behrensmeyer, A. K., Deino, A., Ditchfield, P., & Clark, J. (2004). Small mid-Pleistocene hominin associated with East African Acheulean technology. Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5680), 75–78.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
AIChE Equipment Testing Procedure. (1993). Particle Size Classifiers. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Coleman, P. T. (2015). Morton Deutsch: Major Texts on Peace Psychology (M. Deutsch, Ed.; Vol. 31). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Priyadarshini Rai, & Madasu Hanmandlu. (2016). Gaussian Function-Based Particle Swarm Optimization. In M. Pant, K. Deep, J. C. Bansal, A. Nagar, & K. N. Das (Eds.), Proceedings of Fifth International Conference on Soft Computing for Problem Solving: SocProS 2015, Volume 1 (pp. 57–67). 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, Organizations and Society.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2016, June 30). This 50 Cent At-Home Test Can Detect Malaria, Cancer, And Other Diseases. 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. (1999). Year 2000 Computing Crisis: The District of Columbia Remains Behind Schedule (T-AIMD-99-84). 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
Cline, D. (2012). Criminal faces: Clinical experiences of forensic artists [Doctoral dissertation]. Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Neuman, W. (2015, June 24). Colombia Military Accused of Deception on Deaths. New York Times, A10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Zoghbi, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Kasting & Siefert, 2002; Zoghbi, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Kasting & Siefert, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Parvanov et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Potts 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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