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
Weaire, D. (2013). Applied physics. A fresh start for foam physics. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6133), 693–694.
A journal article with 2 authors
Abedin, M., & King, N. (2008). The premetazoan ancestry of cadherins. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5865), 946–948.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ho, B. T., Basler, M., & Mekalanos, J. J. (2013). Type 6 secretion system-mediated immunity to type 4 secretion system-mediated gene transfer. Science (New York, N.Y.), 342(6155), 250–253.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Blard, P.-H., Lavé, J., Pik, R., Wagnon, P., & Bourlès, D. (2007). Persistence of full glacial conditions in the central Pacific until 15,000 years ago. Nature, 449(7162), 591–594.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chapman, R. J. (2012). Simple Tools and Techniques for Enterprise Risk Management. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Zhang, C. (2009). Advances in Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering: Proceedings of 16th IAHR-APD Congress and 3rd Symposium of IAHR-ISHS. (H. Tang, Ed.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kihara, K., Fujii, Y., Saito, K., Numao, N., Matsuoka, Y., Yoshida, S., … Kijima, T. (2015). Gasless Two-Port Access RoboSurgeon Retroperitoneoscopic Radical Nephroureterectomy. In K. Kihara (Ed.), Gasless Single-Port RoboSurgeon Surgery in Urology (pp. 65–84). Tokyo: Springer Japan.

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
Andrew, E. (2014, March 14). New Stem Cell Line Developed With Big Potential. 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. (1973). Use of Appropriated Funds as Impact Aid to Educational Agencies (No. B-164081). 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
Abdeljaber, S. R. (2015). High school mathematics teachers’ perceptions of mathematics education in northwest Florida (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Kelly, M. (1992, May 31). THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: Undeclared Candidate; Perot Carries His Message To Arkansas. New York Times, p. 120.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Weaire, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Abedin & King, 2008; Weaire, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Abedin & King, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Ho, Basler, & Mekalanos, 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Blard, Lavé, Pik, Wagnon, & Bourlès, 2007)

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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