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 J. Zatorre. 2013. Predispositions and plasticity in music and speech learning: neural correlates and implications. Science 342, 6158 (November 2013), 585–589.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. D. Gamlin and K. Yoon. 2000. An area for vergence eye movement in primate frontal cortex. Nature 407, 6807 (October 2000), 1003–1007.
A journal article with 3 authors
Catherine Dulac, Lauren A. O’Connell, and Zheng Wu. 2014. Neural control of maternal and paternal behaviors. Science 345, 6198 (August 2014), 765–770.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G. Ries, W. Heller, H. Puchta, H. Sandermann, H. K. Seidlitz, and B. Hohn. 2000. Elevated UV-B radiation reduces genome stability in plants. Nature 406, 6791 (July 2000), 98–101.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Arthur E. Morris, Gordon Geiger, and H. Alan Fine. 2011. Handbook on Material and Energy Balance Calculations in Material Processing. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Gresilda A. Tilley-Lubbs and Silvia Bénard Calva (Eds.). 2016. Re-Telling Our Stories: Critical Autoethnographic Narratives. SensePublishers, Rotterdam.
A chapter in an edited book
Theodoros Lekkas. 2014. Legal Pirates Ltd: Home Computing Cultures in Early 1980s Greece. In Hacking Europe: From Computer Cultures to Demoscenes, Gerard Alberts and Ruth Oldenziel (eds.). Springer, London, 73–103.

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. Five Cool Ways To Trick Your Brain. 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. 1998. FAA Computer Systems: Limited Progress on Year 2000 Issue Increases Risk Dramatically. 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
Janet L. Young. 2010. A community college’s loss of accreditation: A case study. 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
Michael Wilson. 2017. Diary Hints at Slaves’ Remains on a Lot in Brooklyn. New York Times, A15.

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 [4,5,7,8].

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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