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
Quirin Schiermeier. 2003. Clouded vision. Nature 422, 6929 (March 2003), 356–357.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kazushi Kinbara and Takuzo Aida. 2006. Chemistry. From electron pump to proton channel. Science 313, 5783 (July 2006), 51–52.
A journal article with 3 authors
Vuk Janjić, Roded Sharan, and Nataša Pržulj. 2014. Modelling the yeast interactome. Sci. Rep. 4, (March 2014), 4273.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wesley H. Bernskoetter, Cynthia K. Schauer, Karen I. Goldberg, and Maurice Brookhart. 2009. Characterization of a rhodium(I) sigma-methane complex in solution. Science 326, 5952 (October 2009), 553–556.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Robert A. Brown. 2012. Extreme Tissue Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Jonathan J. Li, Sara A. Li, and Antonio Llombart-Bosch (Eds.). 2005. Hormonal Carcinogenesis IV. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
M. I. Al-Jumaili, V. Rauhala, K. Jonsson, R. Karim, and A. Parida. 2014. Aspects of Data Quality in eMaintenance: A Case Study of Process Industry in Northern Europe. In Engineering Asset Management 2011: Proceedings of the Sixth World Congress on Engineering Asset Management, Jay Lee, Jun Ni, Jagnathan Sarangapani and Joseph Mathew (eds.). Springer, London, 41–51.

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
Tom Hale. 2017. Granddad The Lungfish, World’s Oldest Aquarium Fish, Dies At Ridiculously Old Age. 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. 1983. Contracting for Computer Teleprocessing Services Can Be Improved. 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
David A. Christiansen. 2012. Investigation of magnetic proximity effect in ferromagnet/superconductor thin films by low temperature Magneto Optical Kerr Effect measurement. 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
Kelly Feeney. 2006. QUICK BITE/Chatham; A Cupful Of Vienna. New York Times, 14NJ21.

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 [5–8].

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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