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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for China Journal of Accounting Studies. 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
Rubin, D. C. (2014). Psychology. How quickly we forget. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6213), 1058–1059.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kan, J., & Wang, Y. (2013). Large and fast reversible Li-ion storages in Fe2O3-graphene sheet-on-sheet sandwich-like nanocomposites. Scientific Reports, 3, 3502.
A journal article with 3 authors
Saito, C., Shinzawa, K., & Tsujimoto, Y. (2014). Synchronized necrotic death of attached hepatocytes mediated via gap junctions. Scientific Reports, 4, 5169.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sliter, D. A., Martinez, J., Hao, L., Chen, X., Sun, N., Fischer, T. D., … Youle, R. J. (2018). Parkin and PINK1 mitigate STING-induced inflammation. Nature, 561(7722), 258–262.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ventre, D. (2016). Information Warfare. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Galizia, C. G., Eisenhardt, D., & Giurfa, M. (Eds.). (2012). Honeybee Neurobiology and Behavior: A Tribute to Randolf Menzel. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Wiesinger, H. (2007). 5 Arginine, Citrulline, and Ornithine. In A. Lajtha, S. S. Oja, A. Schousboe, & P. Saransaari (Eds.), Handbook of Neurochemistry and Molecular Neurobiology: Amino Acids and Peptides in the Nervous System (pp. 99–115). Boston, MA: Springer US.

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 Studies.

Blog post
Taub, B. (2016, September 13). British Politicians Say There Is Strong Evidence For Legalizing Medical Marijuana. 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. (1996). Transportation Issue Area: Active Assignments (No. AA-96-18(1)). 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
Dinh, W. (2009). Elderly Vietnamese’ perceptions of the effects of Adult Day Health Care services on their mental and physical well-being (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
Dynarski, S. (2017, March 13). With a Crucial Tool Disabled, Financial Aid Applications Get Harder. New York Times, p. A10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Brumfiel, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Baraniuk, 2011; Kump, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Kan & Wang, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Saito, Shinzawa, & Tsujimoto, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kim et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleChina Journal of Accounting Studies
AbbreviationChina J. Acc. Stud.
ISSN (print)2169-7221
ISSN (online)2169-7213

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