How to format your references using the Contaduría y Administración citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Contaduría y Administración. 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
Bystricky, M. (2003). Geophysics. Mantle flow revisited. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5637), 1190–1191.
A journal article with 2 authors
Todd, J. J., & Marois, R. (2004). Capacity limit of visual short-term memory in human posterior parietal cortex. Nature, 428(6984), 751–754.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yano, J.-I., Talagrand, O., & Drossart, P. (2003). Outer planets: Origins of atmospheric zonal winds. Nature, 421(6918), 36.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Blanchon, P., Eisenhauer, A., Fietzke, J., & Liebetrau, V. (2009). Rapid sea-level rise and reef back-stepping at the close of the last interglacial highstand. Nature, 458(7240), 881–884.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gup, B. E. (2011). Banking and Financial Institutions. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Schiele, B., Claessens, M., & Shi, S. (Eds.). (2012). Science Communication in the World: Practices, Theories and Trends. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Gaillourdet, J.-M., Michel, P., Poetzsch-Heffter, A., & Rauch, N. (2013). A Generic Functional Representation of Sorted Trees Supporting Attribution. In A. Voronkov & C. Weidenbach (Eds.), Programming Logics: Essays in Memory of Harald Ganzinger (pp. 72–89). 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 Contaduría y Administración.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016, July 3). The Earth’s Biodiversity Could Be Much Greater Than We Thought. 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. (2016). Inland Waterways Fuel Tax: Additional Data Could Enhance IRS’s Efforts to Ensure Taxpayer Compliance (GAO-16-682). 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
Grace, J. (2017). A Correlational Study of the Relationship Between TEAS V and Success in Licensed Practical Nursing Students [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Gordon, M. R. (2017, July 1). A Freed but Scarred City Tests Trump. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bystricky, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Bystricky, 2003; Todd & Marois, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Todd & Marois, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Yano et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Blanchon et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleContaduría y Administración
ISSN (print)0186-1042

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