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
Naldini, L. (2015). Gene therapy returns to centre stage. Nature, 526(7573), 351–360.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wilga, C. D., & Lauder, G. V. (2004). Biomechanics: hydrodynamic function of the shark’s tail. Nature, 430(7002), 850.
A journal article with 3 authors
Machens, C. K., Romo, R., & Brody, C. D. (2005). Flexible control of mutual inhibition: a neural model of two-interval discrimination. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5712), 1121–1124.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wolfe, A. M., Jorgenson, R. A., Robishaw, T., Heiles, C., & Prochaska, J. X. (2008). An 84-microG magnetic field in a galaxy at redshift z = 0.692. Nature, 455(7213), 638–640.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hopp, V. (2000). Grundlagen der Life Sciences. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Caporarello, L., Di Martino, B., & Martinez, M. (Eds.). (2014). Smart Organizations and Smart Artifacts: Fostering Interaction Between People, Technologies and Processes (Vol. 7). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Purkayastha, B. B., & Sarma, K. K. (2015). Basic Considerations of PLL and Its Types. In K. K. Sarma (Ed.), A Digital Phase Locked Loop based Signal and Symbol Recovery System for Wireless Channel (pp. 89–101). Springer India.

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, E. (2015, June 22). This Father’s Day, Be Grateful Your Dad Is A Human. 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. (1972). Drug Abuse Control Program Activities in Okinawa (B-164031(2)). 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
Yahil, R. J. (2010). The role of interleukin-19 in interleukin-10 production by regulatory macrophages [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Billard, M. (2010, August 19). Exit Hammet, Enter Holmes. New York Times, E5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Naldini, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Naldini, 2015; Wilga & Lauder, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Wilga & Lauder, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Machens et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wolfe et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

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