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
Watt, F. M. (2014). Mammalian skin cell biology: at the interface between laboratory and clinic. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6212), 937–940.
A journal article with 2 authors
Aitken, R. J., & Marshall Graves, J. A. (2002). The future of sex. Nature, 415(6875), 963.
A journal article with 3 authors
Harris, R. A., Rogers, J., & Milosavljevic, A. (2007). Human-specific changes of genome structure detected by genomic triangulation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5822), 235–237.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Penna, A., Demuro, A., Yeromin, A. V., Zhang, S. L., Safrina, O., Parker, I., & Cahalan, M. D. (2008). The CRAC channel consists of a tetramer formed by Stim-induced dimerization of Orai dimers. Nature, 456(7218), 116–120.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anderson, J. C., & Naeim, F. (2012). Basic Structural Dynamics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Murakami, Y., & Lin, D. (Eds.). (2016). Worldwide Language Service Infrastructure: Second International Workshop, WLSI 2015, Kyoto, Japan, January 22-23, 2015. Revised Selected Papers (1st ed. 2016, Vol. 9442). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Le, N.-A., & Brown, W. V. (2011). Triglyceride-Rich Lipoproteins. In S. M. Grundy (Ed.), Atlas of Atherosclerosis and Metabolic Syndrome (pp. 59–91). New York, NY: 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
Andrew, E. (2014, August 1). The Five Most Poisonous Substances: From Polonium To Mercury. 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. (2010). Student Loans: Federal Web-based Tool on Private Loans Would Pose Implementation Challenges and May Be Unnecessary (No. GAO-10-990). Washington, DC: 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
Simmons, C. (2008). Correlates and predictors of cognitive complexity among counseling and social work students in graduate training programs (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Marx, L. (2014, February 9). A Meeting That Couples Often Find Daunting. New York Times, p. ST21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Watt, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Watt, 2014, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Aitken & Marshall Graves, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Harris, Rogers, & Milosavljevic, 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Penna et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

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