How to format your references using the Critical Perspectives on Accounting citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Bray, D. (2003). Genomics. Molecular prodigality. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5610), 1189–1190.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bollinger, J. M., Jr, & Matthews, M. L. (2010). Biochemistry. Remote enzyme microsurgery. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5971), 1337–1338.
A journal article with 3 authors
Phelps, J., Webb, E. L., & Agrawal, A. (2010). Land use. Does REDD+ threaten to recentralize forest governance? Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5976), 312–313.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Peccianti, M., Conti, C., Assanto, G., De Luca, A., & Umeton, C. (2004). Routing of anisotropic spatial solitons and modulational instability in liquid crystals. Nature, 432(7018), 733–737.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Voldman, S. H. (2006). ESD. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Simmons, K. (2009). Pro SQL Server 2008 Administration (S. Carstarphen, Ed.). Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Koch, H., Tataru, D., & Vişan, M. (2014). Functions of bounded p-variation. In D. Tataru & M. Vişan (Eds.), Dispersive Equations and Nonlinear Waves: Generalized Korteweg–de Vries, Nonlinear Schrödinger, Wave and Schrödinger Maps (pp. 41–71). 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 Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, March 18). Parasitic wasps must lay their eggs in the right fly, or else. 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. (1975). Ways of Increasing Productivity in the Maintenance of Commercial-Type Vehicles (LCD-75-421). 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
Kratchman, J. (2017). Predicting Chronic Non-Cancer Toxicity Levels from Short-Term Toxicity Data [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
Qiu, L. (2017, July 26). 7 Falsehoods At 3 Events In One Day. New York Times, A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bray, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Bollinger & Matthews, 2010; Bray, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Bollinger & Matthews, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Phelps et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Peccianti et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleCritical Perspectives on Accounting
ISSN (print)1045-2354
Information Systems and Management
Sociology and Political Science

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