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
King, D. A. (2004). Environment. Climate change science: adapt, mitigate, or ignore? Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5655), 176–177.
A journal article with 2 authors
Frey, P., & Church, M. (2009). Geophysics. How river beds move. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5947), 1509–1510.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mills, C. E., Robins, J. M., & Lipsitch, M. (2004). Transmissibility of 1918 pandemic influenza. Nature, 432(7019), 904–906.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Fukidome, H., Kotsugi, M., Nagashio, K., Sato, R., Ohkochi, T., Itoh, T., … Kinoshita, T. (2014). Orbital-specific tunability of many-body effects in bilayer graphene by gate bias and metal contact. Scientific Reports, 4, 3713.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stenholm, S., & Suominen, K.-A. (2005). Quantum Approach to Informatics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Boukas, E. K., & Malhamé, R. P. (Eds.). (2005). Analysis, Control and Optimization of Complex Dynamic Systems. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Gill, S. K. (2012). The Complexities of Re-reversal of Language-in-Education Policy in Malaysia. In A. Kirkpatrick & R. Sussex (Eds.), English as an International Language in Asia: Implications for Language Education (pp. 45–61). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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
Fang, J. (2014, July 2). Mice with Malaria are More Attractive to Mosquitoes. 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. (1995). NASA’s Earth Observing System: Estimated Funding Requirements (No. NSIAD-95-175). 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
Di Giacomo, F. A. (2010). Education amidst transition: The case of Romania (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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. (2016, October 4). Author of Mets’ Run Acts as Open Book. New York Times, p. B9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (King, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Frey & Church, 2009; King, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Frey & Church, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Mills, Robins, & Lipsitch, 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Fukidome et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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