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
Flower, H.M., 2000. Electrochemistry. A moving oxygen story. Nature 407, 305–306.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jones-Smith, K., Mathur, H., 2006. Fractal Analysis: revisiting Pollock’s drip paintings. Nature 444, E9-10; discussion E10-11.
A journal article with 3 authors
Vergoz, V., Schreurs, H.A., Mercer, A.R., 2007. Queen pheromone blocks aversive learning in young worker bees. Science 317, 384–386.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wolf, I.M.L., Fan, Z., Rauh, M., Seufert, S., Hore, N., Buchfelder, M., Savaskan, N.E., Eyüpoglu, I.Y., 2014. Histone deacetylases inhibition by SAHA/Vorinostat normalizes the glioma microenvironment via xCT equilibration. Sci. Rep. 4, 6226.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bragg, S.M., 2011. The New CEO Corporate Leadership Manual. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Chawla, N., 2013. Metal Matrix Composites, 2nd ed. 2013. ed. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Bakis, C.E., 2011. Durability of GFRP Reinforcement Bars, in: Ye, L., Feng, P., Yue, Q. (Eds.), Advances in FRP Composites in Civil Engineering: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2010), Sep 27–29, 2010, Beijing, China. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 33–36.

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, E., 2014. Men Walk On Ice As Clear As Glass [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, 1983. Classification and Qualification Standards for the GS-1410 Library-Information Service Series (No. GGD-83-97). 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
Whidby, M.A., 2012. Citation handling: Processing citation texts in scientific documents (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Kishkovsky, S., 2011. Disputed Voting Turns Church, A Kremlin Ally, Into Its Critic. New York Times A4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Flower, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Flower, 2000; Jones-Smith and Mathur, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Jones-Smith and Mathur, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Wolf 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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