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
Engelman, A. (2007). AIDS/HIV. A reversal of fortune in HIV-1 integration. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5833), 1855–1857.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chandrashekar, C. M., & Busch, T. (2014). Quantum percolation and transition point of a directed discrete-time quantum walk. Scientific Reports, 4, 6583.
A journal article with 3 authors
Huber, D., Veinante, P., & Stoop, R. (2005). Vasopressin and oxytocin excite distinct neuronal populations in the central amygdala. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5719), 245–248.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Irwin, D. E., Bensch, S., Irwin, J. H., & Price, T. D. (2005). Speciation by distance in a ring species. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5708), 414–416.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Degner, R., & Leibl, S. (2005). pH messen. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Rauh, A., & Senkel, L. (Eds.). (2016). Variable-Structure Approaches: Analysis, Simulation, Robust Control and Estimation of Uncertain Dynamic Processes. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Barrett, J. C., & Daly, M. J. (2013). Complex Disease Genes and Their Discovery. In M. D’Amato & J. D. Rioux (Eds.), Molecular Genetics of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (pp. 87–97). 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
Andrew, E. (2014, November 7). Genes Could Be Influencing Our Weight By Shaping Which Microbes Inhabit Our Gut. 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. (2009). Transportation Security: Key Actions Have Been Taken to Enhance Mass Transit and Passenger Rail Security, but Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Federal Strategy and Programs (GAO-09-678). 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
Slotnick, A. (2012). Status symbols in triathlete culture [Doctoral dissertation]. Florida Atlantic 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
Hubbard, B. (2016, November 26). Rebels’ Plight Is Clear in Yemeni Capital. New York Times, A6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Engelman, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Chandrashekar & Busch, 2014; Engelman, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Chandrashekar & Busch, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Huber et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Irwin et al., 2005)

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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