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
Watson Fuller. 2003. Who said “helix”? Nature 424, 6951 (August 2003), 876–878.
A journal article with 2 authors
Grzegorz Milczarek and Olle Inganäs. 2012. Renewable cathode materials from biopolymer/conjugated polymer interpenetrating networks. Science 335, 6075 (March 2012), 1468–1471.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wolfgang Lutz, Raya Muttarak, and Erich Striessnig. 2014. Environment and development. Universal education is key to enhanced climate adaptation. Science 346, 6213 (November 2014), 1061–1062.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Liangzhong Xiang, Bo Wang, Lijun Ji, and Huabei Jiang. 2013. 4-D photoacoustic tomography. Sci. Rep. 3, (January 2013), 1113.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Baojiang Sun. 2016. Multiphase Flow in Oil and Gas Well Drilling. John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd, Singapore.
An edited book
John Harris. 2008. Combinatorics and Graph Theory. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Brendon J. Coventry and R. Gwyn Morgan. 2014. Hand Surgery. In Peripheral, Head and Neck Surgery, Brendon J. Coventry (ed.). Springer, London, 29–47.

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
Chris Carpineti. 2017. Polar Bear Walks On a Treadmill For Science. 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. Query Concerning FY 1985 Authorization Levels for Department of Education Programs. 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
Serhat Yelkenci. 2017. Algorithmic Music Composition Using Linear Algebra. Doctoral dissertation. Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Robert L. Kelly. 2010. Bones of Contention. New York Times, A25.

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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