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
Trevor W. Hambley. 2007. Chemistry. Metal-based therapeutics. Science 318, 5855 (November 2007), 1392–1393.
A journal article with 2 authors
Peter Convey and Mark I. Stevens. 2007. Ecology. Antarctic biodiversity. Science 317, 5846 (September 2007), 1877–1878.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. T. Fearon, P. Manders, and S. D. Wagner. 2001. Arrested differentiation, the self-renewing memory lymphocyte, and vaccination. Science 293, 5528 (July 2001), 248–250.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Simon R. Harris, Edward J. Feil, Matthew T. G. Holden, Michael A. Quail, Emma K. Nickerson, Narisara Chantratita, Susana Gardete, Ana Tavares, Nick Day, Jodi A. Lindsay, Jonathan D. Edgeworth, Hermínia de Lencastre, Julian Parkhill, Sharon J. Peacock, and Stephen D. Bentley. 2010. Evolution of MRSA during hospital transmission and intercontinental spread. Science 327, 5964 (January 2010), 469–474.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Diana Bartlett, Sylvia Moody, and Katherine Kindersley. 2010. Dyslexia in the Workplace. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Aboul-Ella Hassanien, Crina Grosan, and Mohamed Fahmy Tolba (Eds.). 2016. Applications of Intelligent Optimization in Biology and Medicine: Current Trends and Open Problems. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Desmond J. Tobin. 2008. Biology of Hair Follicle Pigmentation. In Hair Growth and Disorders, Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, Antonella Tosti and Ralph M. Trüeb (eds.). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 51–74.

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
Josh Davis. 2016. One-Off Legal Sale Of Ivory Stockpiles Led To A Dramatic Increase In Elephant Poaching. 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. 2010. Aviation Security: Progress Made but Actions Needed to Address Challenges in Meeting the Air Cargo Screening Mandate. 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
Yuanmei Ma. 2013. Vesicular Stomatitis Virus as a Vector to Deliver Virus-Like Particles of Human Norovirus: A New Live Vectored Vaccine for Human Norovirus. Doctoral dissertation. Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
John Williams. 2016. Here’s a Solution. New York Times, BR4.

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 [3,5,6,8].

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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