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
Lawler, A. (2000). ASIAN-AMERICAN SCIENTISTS: Lee Case Births a Reluctant Activist. Science (New York, N.Y.), 290(5494), 1073.
A journal article with 2 authors
Milo, R., & Last, R. L. (2012). Achieving diversity in the face of constraints: lessons from metabolism. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6089), 1663–1667.
A journal article with 3 authors
Guo, D., Knight, T. E., & McCusker, J. K. (2011). Angular momentum conservation in dipolar energy transfer. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6063), 1684–1687.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Watanabe, T., Tomizawa, S.-I., Mitsuya, K., Totoki, Y., Yamamoto, Y., Kuramochi-Miyagawa, S., Iida, N., Hoki, Y., Murphy, P. J., Toyoda, A., Gotoh, K., Hiura, H., Arima, T., Fujiyama, A., Sado, T., Shibata, T., Nakano, T., Lin, H., Ichiyanagi, K., … Sasaki, H. (2011). Role for piRNAs and noncoding RNA in de novo DNA methylation of the imprinted mouse Rasgrf1 locus. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6031), 848–852.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wang, J.-J. (2014). Hydraulic Fracturing in Earth-Rock Fill DAMS. John Wiley & Sons, Singapore Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Krogstie, J., Kautz, K., & Allen, D. (Eds.). (2005). Mobile Information Systems II: IFIP International Working Conference on Mobile Information Systems, (MOBIS) Leeds, UK, December 6–7, 2005 (Vol. 191). Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Barron, R. F. (2007). Advances in Cryogenic Principles. In K. D. Timmerhaus & R. P. Reed (Eds.), Cryogenic Engineering (pp. 105–119). 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
Fang, J. (2014, August 12). The Moon Might Still Have Partly Molten Insides. 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. (1975). Federal Agencies Administering Programs Related to Marine Science Activities and Oceanic Affairs (GGD-75-61). 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
Quinn, L. (2013). The poetics of soul: Mythic narrative as creative elegy [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. (2014, December 18). Colombian Rebels Call Unilateral Truce. New York Times, A24.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lawler, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Lawler, 2000; Milo & Last, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Milo & Last, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Guo et al., 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Watanabe et al., 2011)

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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