How to format your references using the Advances in Accounting citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Advances in Accounting. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Verma, I. M. (2012). Renato Dulbecco (1914-2012). Nature, 483(7390), 408.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wolff, S., & Dillin, A. (2013). Ageing: beneficial miscommunication. Nature, 497(7450), 442–443.
A journal article with 3 authors
Meindl, J. D., Chen, Q., & Davis, J. A. (2001). Limits on silicon nanoelectronics for terascale integration. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5537), 2044–2049.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Luik, R. M., Wang, B., Prakriya, M., Wu, M. M., & Lewis, R. S. (2008). Oligomerization of STIM1 couples ER calcium depletion to CRAC channel activation. Nature, 454(7203), 538–542.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kramer-Moore, D., & Moore, M. (2012). Destructive Myths in Family Therapy. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Tichý, J. (2010). Fundamentals of Piezoelectric Sensorics: Mechanical, Dielectric, and Thermodynamical Properties of Piezoelectric Materials (J. Erhart, E. Kittinger, & J. Přívratská, Eds.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Lipscombe, L. (2011). Insulin, Insulin Resistance, and Cancer Associations. In I. G. Fantus (Ed.), Insulin Resistance and Cancer: Epidemiology, Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms and Clinical Implications (pp. 111–140). Springer.

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 Advances in Accounting.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, March 28). Man Has Night Vision Injected Into His Eyeballs. IFLScience; 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. (1972). Information on Federally Owned Land in Oregon Set Aside for Use by the Burns Paiute Indian Colony (B-147652,B-147655). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Smith, C. A. (2014). Teacher and Student Perceptions of Bullying at Leclaire School [Doctoral dissertation]. Southern Illinois University.

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
RICHARD BERNSTEIN; Sophia Kishkovsky contributed reporting from Moscow for this article, & Judy Dempsey of The International Herald Tribune from Berlin. (2005, July 3). After Centuries of Enmity, Relations Between Poland and Russia Are as Bad as Ever. New York Times, 14.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Verma, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Verma, 2012; Wolff & Dillin, 2013).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Wolff & Dillin, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Meindl et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Luik et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleAdvances in Accounting
AbbreviationAdv. Acc.
ISSN (print)0882-6110

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