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
Brumfiel, G. (2002). Cosmology: it all adds up. Nature, 420(6917), 731–732.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jarvis, P., & Linder, S. (2000). Constraints to growth of boreal forests. Nature, 405(6789), 904–905.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wardle, D. A., Nilsson, M.-C., & Zackrisson, O. (2008). Fire-derived charcoal causes loss of forest humus. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5876), 629.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Luthcke, S. B., Zwally, H. J., Abdalati, W., Rowlands, D. D., Ray, R. D., Nerem, R. S., Lemoine, F. G., McCarthy, J. J., & Chinn, D. S. (2006). Recent Greenland ice mass loss by drainage system from satellite gravity observations. Science (New York, N.Y.), 314(5803), 1286–1289.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chen, C. J. (2011). Physics of Solar Energy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Malkin, T. (Ed.). (2008). Topics in Cryptology – CT-RSA 2008: The Cryptographers’ Track at the RSA Conference 2008, San Francisco, CA, USA, April 8-11, 2008. Proceedings (Vol. 4964). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Hauenstein, W., & Lafitte, R. (2012). Impacts of Dams in Switzerland. In C. Tortajada, D. Altinbilek, & A. K. Biswas (Eds.), Impacts of Large Dams: A Global Assessment (pp. 95–122). 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 China Journal of Accounting Studies.

Blog post
Taub, B. (2016, October 31). Why Do We Have Nightmares? 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. (2014). Advanced Imaging Technology: TSA Needs Additional Information before Procuring Next-Generation Systems (GAO-14-357). 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
Chen, C.-Y. (2010). The analysis of communication problems and language barriers between patients and physicians in California [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Kanter, J. (2017, September 27). Google Yields To Regulators In Eurozone. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Brumfiel, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Brumfiel, 2002; Jarvis & Linder, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Jarvis & Linder, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Wardle et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Luthcke et al., 2006)

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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