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
Ford, J.M., 2000. In the days of the comet. Nature 405, 889.
A journal article with 2 authors
Behnia, R., Munro, S., 2005. Organelle identity and the signposts for membrane traffic. Nature 438, 597–604.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bryk, R., Griffin, P., Nathan, C., 2000. Peroxynitrite reductase activity of bacterial peroxiredoxins. Nature 407, 211–215.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Schlünzen, F., Zarivach, R., Harms, J., Bashan, A., Tocilj, A., Albrecht, R., Yonath, A., Franceschi, F., 2001. Structural basis for the interaction of antibiotics with the peptidyl transferase centre in eubacteria. Nature 413, 814–821.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lacalle, D., Parrilla, D., 2015. The Energy World is Flat. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Ramachandran, K.M., 2012. Stochastic Differential Games. Theory and Applications, Atlantis Studies in Probability and Statistics. Atlantis Press, Paris.
A chapter in an edited book
Kalamkarov, A.L., Challagulla, K.S., 2013. Effective Properties of Composite Materials, Reinforced Structures and Smart Composites: Asymptotic Homogenization Approach, in: Kachanov, M., Sevostianov, I. (Eds.), Effective Properties of Heterogeneous Materials, Solid Mechanics and Its Applications. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 283–363.

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
Fang, J., 2014. Mars Rover Breaks Longest Off-World Driving Record [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, 2001. BIA and DOD Schools: Student Achievement and Other Characteristics Often Differ from Public Schools’ (No. GAO-01-934). 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
Shambra, S.M., 2017. Automated Vulnerability Assessment of Mobile Device Vulnerabilities (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Hodara, S., 2016. Where Warhol and Chagall Adorn the Walls. New York Times WE10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ford, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Behnia and Munro, 2005; Ford, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Behnia and Munro, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Schlünzen et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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