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
Wileman, T. (2006). Aggresomes and autophagy generate sites for virus replication. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5775), 875–878.
A journal article with 2 authors
Aizer, A., & Currie, J. (2014). The intergenerational transmission of inequality: maternal disadvantage and health at birth. Science (New York, N.Y.), 344(6186), 856–861.
A journal article with 3 authors
Grenfell, B. T., Bjørnstad, O. N., & Kappey, J. (2001). Travelling waves and spatial hierarchies in measles epidemics. Nature, 414(6865), 716–723.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kessel, R., Schmidt, M. W., Ulmer, P., & Pettke, T. (2005). Trace element signature of subduction-zone fluids, melts and supercritical liquids at 120-180 km depth. Nature, 437(7059), 724–727.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ushakov, I. (2012). Probabilistic Reliability Models. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Pattaro, E., Canale, D., Grossi, P., Hofmann, H., & Riley, P. (Eds.). (2009). A Treatise of Legal Philosophy and General Jurisprudence: Vol. 9: A History of the Philosophy of Law in the Civil Law World, 1600-1900; Vol. 10: The Philosophers’ Philosophy of Law from the Seventeenth Century to our Days (1st ed.). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Zhou, Q., Liu, W., Long, Y., Sun, C., & Jiang, G. (2015). Toxicological Effects and Mechanisms of Silver Nanoparticles. In J. Liu & G. Jiang (Eds.), Silver Nanoparticles in the Environment (pp. 109–138). 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
Andrew, D. (2016, October 2). How Feasible Are Elon Musk’s Plans To Settle On Mars? A Planetary Scientist Explains. 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. (1977). Pricing of a Fixed-Price Incentive Contract Awarded to RCA Corporation by the Goddard Space Flight Center (PSAD-78-49). 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
Anemaet, W. K. (2008). The effects of non -surgical interventions on osteoarthritis-like changes in the mouse knee [Doctoral dissertation]. University of South Florida.

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
Wagner, J. (2017, February 14). Mets’ Big Five Are Starting Healthy. New York Times, B12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wileman, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Aizer & Currie, 2014; Wileman, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Aizer & Currie, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Grenfell et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kessel et al., 2005)

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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