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
Gary P. Burness. 2002. Ecology. Elephants, mice, and red herrings. Science 296, 5571 (May 2002), 1245–1247.
A journal article with 2 authors
Remco Sprangers and Lewis E. Kay. 2007. Quantitative dynamics and binding studies of the 20S proteasome by NMR. Nature 445, 7128 (February 2007), 618–622.
A journal article with 3 authors
Satoshi Ide, Annemarie Baltay, and Gregory C. Beroza. 2011. Shallow dynamic overshoot and energetic deep rupture in the 2011 Mw 9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake. Science 332, 6036 (June 2011), 1426–1429.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Naidong Xiao, Yinguang Chen, Aihui Chen, and Leiyu Feng. 2014. Enhanced bio-hydrogen production from protein wastewater by altering protein structure and amino acids acidification type. Sci. Rep. 4, (February 2014), 3992.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Carl Walker and Ben Fincham. 2011. Work and the Mental Health Crisis in Britain. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
David V. McQueen. 2007. Health and Modernity: The Role of Theory in Health Promotion. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
N. Lerner. 2008. Some Facts About the Wick Calculus. In Pseudo-Differential Operators: Quantization and Signals, Bernard Helffer, Michael P. Lamoureux, Nicolas Lerner, Joachim Toft, Luigi Rodino and M. W. Wong (eds.). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 135–174.

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
Alfredo Carpineti. 2016. Astronomical Union Formally Approves Names Of 227 Stars. 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. 1974. Examination of Grants Awarded to the Berkeley Unified School District and to Bilingual Children’s Television, Inc. 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
Alejandra Herrera Gandarilla. 2009. Family preservation: A content analysis of literature. 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
James Wagner. 2016. Kershaw Delivers His Best Playoff Performance, Leaving Cubs Flustered. New York Times, D2.

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 [2,4].
This sentence cites four references [2,5,6,8].

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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