How to format your references using the China Journal of Accounting Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for China Journal of Accounting Research. 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
Schreiber, M.R., 2013. Astronomy. One good measure. Science 340, 932–933.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mbadugha, C.A., Onakoya, A.O., 2014. The awareness, perceptions and experiences of primary open angle glaucoma patients in Lagos Nigeria. Sci. Rep. 4, 7585.
A journal article with 3 authors
Snellen, I.A.G., de Mooij, E.J.W., Albrecht, S., 2009. The changing phases of extrasolar planet CoRoT-1b. Nature 459, 543–545.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lee, J.Y., Lee, K.-T., Seo, S., Guo, L.J., 2014. Decorative power generating panels creating angle insensitive transmissive colors. Sci. Rep. 4, 4192.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Loveland, W.D., Morrissey, D.J., Seaborg, G.T., 2005. Modern Nuclear Chemistry. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Russo, J., 2013. Role of the Transcriptome in Breast Cancer Prevention. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Gerónimo, D., López, A.M., 2014. Completing the System, in: López, A.M. (Ed.), Vision-Based Pedestrian Protection Systems for Intelligent Vehicles, SpringerBriefs in Computer Science. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 73–85.

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 China Journal of Accounting Research.

Blog post
Andrew, D., 2017. How World War I Changed The Weather For Good [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2006. Space Acquisitions: DOD Needs Additional Knowledge as it Embarks on a New Approach for Transformational Satellite Communications System (No. GAO-06-537). 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
Ramirez, E.Y., 2015. Barriers to access to health care among Latino immigrants in the United States: A quantitative study (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
Ruiz, R.R., Rothenberg, B., 2016. Exceptions for Drugs Fall Under Scrutiny. New York Times B11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schreiber, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Mbadugha and Onakoya, 2014; Schreiber, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Mbadugha and Onakoya, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Lee et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleChina Journal of Accounting Research
AbbreviationChina J. Acc. Res.
ISSN (print)1755-3091

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