How to format your references using the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS). 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Jonathan A. Sheps. 2009. Biochemistry. Through a mirror, differently. Science 323, 5922 (March 2009), 1679–1680.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hyun-Soo Cho and Daniel J. Leahy. 2002. Structure of the extracellular region of HER3 reveals an interdomain tether. Science 297, 5585 (August 2002), 1330–1333.
A journal article with 3 authors
K. Regenauer-Lieb, D. A. Yuen, and J. Branlund. 2001. The initiation of subduction: criticality by addition of water? Science 294, 5542 (October 2001), 578–580.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R. Kucharski, J. Maleszka, S. Foret, and R. Maleszka. 2008. Nutritional control of reproductive status in honeybees via DNA methylation. Science 319, 5871 (March 2008), 1827–1830.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Veniamin E. Nazarov and Andrey V. Radostin. 2014. Nonlinear Acoustic Waves in Micro-inhomogeneous Solids. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Felix Müller, Cornelia Baessler, Hendrik Schubert, and Stefan Klotz (Eds.). 2010. Long-Term Ecological Research: Between Theory and Application. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Majeed-Ul-Hassan Chesti, Tabasum N. Qadri, Asiya Hamid, Javed Qadri, Mohamed Mahgoub Azooz, and Parvaiz Ahmad. 2013. Role of Bio-fertilizers in Crop Improvement. In Crop Improvement: New Approaches and Modern Techniques, Khalid Rehman Hakeem, Parvaiz Ahmad and Munir Ozturk (eds.). Springer US, Boston, MA, 189–208.

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 ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing.

Blog post
Elise Andrew. 2014. Could measles cure cancer? Uh, not exactly…. IFLScience. 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. 1984. Tax Information Safeguard Activity Annual Report. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Victoria A. Hoch. 2014. The Effects of Systematic Reinforcement on Academic Performance in Precision Teaching: An Investigation of Acquisition, Retention, and Endurance. Doctoral dissertation. University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Linda Yablonsky. 2010. World’s Fastest Canvas. New York Times, ST3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [2].
This sentence cites two references [3,4].
This sentence cites four references [3,6–8].

About the journal

Full journal titleACM Transactions on Accessible Computing
AbbreviationACM Trans. Access. Comput.
ISSN (print)1936-7228
ISSN (online)1936-7236

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