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
Doebley, J. (2006). Plant science. Unfallen grains: how ancient farmers turned weeds into crops. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5778), 1318–1319.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pashkin, A., & Leitenstorfer, A. (2014). Physics. Particle physics in a superconductor. Science (New York, N.Y.), 345(6201), 1121–1122.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fehr, E., Bernhard, H., & Rockenbach, B. (2008). Egalitarianism in young children. Nature, 454(7208), 1079–1083.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Fang, H., Oates, M. E., Pethica, R. B., Greenwood, J. M., Sardar, A. J., Rackham, O. J. L., Donoghue, P. C. J., Stamatakis, A., de Lima Morais, D. A., & Gough, J. (2013). A daily-updated tree of (sequenced) life as a reference for genome research. Scientific Reports, 3, 2015.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Böhmer, E. (2015). Dentistry in Rabbits and Rodents. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Rommel, C., Vanhaesebroeck, B., & Vogt, P. K. (Eds.). (2011). Phosphoinositide 3-kinase in Health and Disease: Volume 1 (Vol. 346). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Fischer, H., Nebe, K., & Klompmaker, F. (2011). A Holistic Model for Integrating Usability Engineering and Software Engineering Enriched with Marketing Activities. In M. Kurosu (Ed.), Human Centered Design: Second International Conference, HCD 2011, Held as Part of HCI International 2011, Orlando, FL, USA, July 9-14, 2011. Proceedings (pp. 28–37). 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, E. (2015, May 1). What Drove The Evolution Of Male Sharks’ Genitals? 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. (2010). Aviation Safety: Icing and Winter Weather-Related Recommendations That NTSB Has Issued Since 1996 (GAO-10-679SP), an E-supplement to (GAO-10-678) (GAO-10-679SP). 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
Brown, L. T. (2009). Identifying potential co-repressors associated with dexamethasone-induced repression of the MUC5AC gene [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington University.

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. (2007, October 9). Russia: Oil Company Raises Estimate. New York Times, C13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Doebley, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Doebley, 2006; Pashkin & Leitenstorfer, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Pashkin & Leitenstorfer, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Fehr et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Fang et al., 2013)

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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