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
J. Zaanen. 2000. High-temperature superconductivity. Stripes defeat the Fermi liquid. Nature 404, 6779 (April 2000), 714–715.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jasmin N. Dynek and Susan Smith. 2004. Resolution of sister telomere association is required for progression through mitosis. Science 304, 5667 (April 2004), 97–100.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jian Li, Jin An, and C. S. Ting. 2013. Interaction-induced localization of mobile impurities in ultracold systems. Sci. Rep. 3, (November 2013), 3147.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ya-Nan Wang, Yuan-Yuan Hou, Ming-Zhu Sun, Chun-Yang Zhang, Gang Bai, Xin Zhao, and Xi-Zeng Feng. 2014. Behavioural screening of zebrafish using neuroactive traditional Chinese medicine prescriptions and biological targets. Sci. Rep. 4, (June 2014), 5311.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ron Wells. 2004. Global Credit Management. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Wego Wang (Ed.). 2014. Mechatronics and Automatic Control Systems: Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Mechatronics and Automatic Control Systems (ICMS2013). Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Virinchi Srinivas and Pabitra Mitra. 2016. Two-Phase Framework for Link Prediction. In Link Prediction in Social Networks: Role of Power Law Distribution, Pabitra Mitra (ed.). Springer International Publishing, Cham, 45–55.

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. 2015. Immune Cells From Stressed Mice Have Antidepressant Effects. 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. 2011. USDA Systems Modernization: Management and Oversight Improvements Are Needed. 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
Niomi M. Busalacchi. 2013. Access to healthcare: Disparities between the non-elderly adult population. 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
GEORGE GENE GUSTINES; Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF. 2010. Man Of Steel Lands On the iPhone. New York Times, C2.

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 [3,5,7,8].

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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