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
Robert M. Krug. 2014. Influenza: An RNA-synthesizing machine. Nature 516, 7531 (December 2014), 338–339.
A journal article with 2 authors
Steven I. Higgins and Simon Scheiter. 2012. Atmospheric CO2 forces abrupt vegetation shifts locally, but not globally. Nature 488, 7410 (August 2012), 209–212.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yoav Y. Broza, Liat Zuri, and Hossam Haick. 2014. Combined volatolomics for monitoring of human body chemistry. Sci. Rep. 4, (April 2014), 4611.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Xing Xu, James M. Clark, Catherine A. Forster, Mark A. Norell, Gregory M. Erickson, David A. Eberth, Chengkai Jia, and Qi Zhao. 2006. A basal tyrannosauroid dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of China. Nature 439, 7077 (February 2006), 715–718.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Karl-Helmut Tostmann. 2005. Korrosion. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
Theo Van Asch, Jordi Corominas, Stefan Greiving, Jean-Philippe Malet, and Simone Sterlacchini (Eds.). 2014. Mountain Risks: From Prediction to Management and Governance. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Dennis Guck, Tingting Han, Joost-Pieter Katoen, and Martin R. Neuhäußer. 2012. Quantitative Timed Analysis of Interactive Markov Chains. In NASA Formal Methods: 4th International Symposium, NFM 2012, Norfolk, VA, USA, April 3-5, 2012. Proceedings, Alwyn E. Goodloe and Suzette Person (eds.). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 8–23.

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
Jonathan O`Callaghan. 2016. Historic Spacecraft Used By British Astronaut To Go On Display At London Museum. 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. 2014. Actions Needed to Address Weaknesses in Information Security and Privacy Controls. 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
Jennifer Breska. 2013. Mentoring for juvenile gang members and at-risk youth: A grant proposal project. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Mary Pilon. 2013. A Series of Poses for Fitness, Inside and Out. New York Times, A11.

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 [4–6,8].

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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