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
Murcott, T. (2009). Science journalism: Toppling the priesthood. Nature, 459(7250), 1054–1055.
A journal article with 2 authors
Imura, T., & Tomonaga, M. (2013). A ground-like surface facilitates visual search in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Scientific Reports, 3, 2343.
A journal article with 3 authors
Thomas, D. S. G., Knight, M., & Wiggs, G. F. S. (2005). Remobilization of southern African desert dune systems by twenty-first century global warming. Nature, 435(7046), 1218–1221.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Srinivas, N., Jetter, P., Ueberbacher, B. J., Werneburg, M., Zerbe, K., Steinmann, J., Van der Meijden, B., Bernardini, F., Lederer, A., Dias, R. L. A., Misson, P. E., Henze, H., Zumbrunn, J., Gombert, F. O., Obrecht, D., Hunziker, P., Schauer, S., Ziegler, U., Käch, A., … Robinson, J. A. (2010). Peptidomimetic antibiotics target outer-membrane biogenesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5968), 1010–1013.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lawless, H. T. (2013). Quantitative Sensory Analysis. John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Cuzzocrea, A., & Maabout, S. (Eds.). (2013). Model and Data Engineering: Third International Conference, MEDI 2013, Amantea, Italy, September 25-27, 2013. Proceedings (Vol. 8216). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Nicolau, M., & Costelloe, D. (2014). Size Does Not Matter: Evolving Parameters for a Cayley Graph Visualiser Using 64 Bits. In J. Romero, J. McDermott, & J. Correia (Eds.), Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design: Third European Conference, EvoMUSART 2014, Granada, Spain, April 23-25, 2014, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 38–49). 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
Andrew, E. (2015, September 15). ‘Godzilla’ El Niño: Time To Prepare For Mega-Droughts. 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). Information Superhighway: An Overview of Technology Challenges (AIMD-95-23). 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
Carver, A. (2017). From under the blanket [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
Pilon, M., & Mather, V. (2013, February 14). To Avoid I.O.C. Cut, a Sport Changed. New York Times, B13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Murcott, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Imura & Tomonaga, 2013; Murcott, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Imura & Tomonaga, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Thomas et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Srinivas et al., 2010)

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

Other styles