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
Le Maho, Y. (2002). Nature and function. Nature, 416(6876), 21.
A journal article with 2 authors
Elowitz, M. B., & Leibler, S. (2000). A synthetic oscillatory network of transcriptional regulators. Nature, 403(6767), 335–338.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lu, N., Ji, A., & Cao, Z. (2013). Nearly constant electrical resistance over large temperature range in Cu3NMx (M = Cu, Ag, Au) compounds. Scientific Reports, 3, 3090.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lee, S. B., Mitchell, D. T., Trofin, L., Nevanen, T. K., Söderlund, H., & Martin, C. R. (2002). Antibody-based bio-nanotube membranes for enantiomeric drug separations. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5576), 2198–2200.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tan, Y. (2016). Artificial Immune System Applications in Computersecurity. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Punter, A. (2016). Psychometric Framework for Modeling Parental Involvement and Reading Literacy (C. A. W. Glas & M. R. M. Meelissen, Eds.; Vol. 1). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Li, G. (2013). Poverty and Minority Children’s Education in the USA: Case Study of a Sudanese Refugee Family. In D. J. Johnson, D. L. Agbényiga, & R. K. Hitchcock (Eds.), Vulnerable Children: Global Challenges in Education, Health, Well-Being, and Child Rights (pp. 55–70). 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
O`Callaghan, J. (2017, March 8). Study Finds No Long-Term Effects Of Violent Video Games On Empathy. 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. (1993). Aircraft Certification: FAA Can Better Meet Challenges Posed by Advances in Aircraft Technologies (T-RCED-94-53). 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
Salam, S. (2017). Interplay between Fines Content and Strength Characteristics of CA 6 and CA 2 Crushed Limestone Aggregate [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
Vecsey, G. (2009, December 13). In Defense of His Old School. New York Times, SP10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Le Maho, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Elowitz & Leibler, 2000; Le Maho, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Elowitz & Leibler, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Lu et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Lee et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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