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
Schaechter, M. (2012). Retrospective. Lynn Margulis (1938-2011). Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6066), 302.
A journal article with 2 authors
Müller, U. K., & Lentink, D. (2004). Physiology. Turning on a dime. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5703), 1899–1900.
A journal article with 3 authors
Guo, G., Wang, W., & Bradley, A. (2004). Mismatch repair genes identified using genetic screens in Blm-deficient embryonic stem cells. Nature, 429(6994), 891–895.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kiehl, S., Herkt, S. C., Richter, A. M., Fuhrmann, L., El-Nikhely, N., Seeger, W., Savai, R., & Dammann, R. H. (2014). ABCB4 is frequently epigenetically silenced in human cancers and inhibits tumor growth. Scientific Reports, 4, 6899.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Frank, W. L., & Whittle, D. K. (2010). Revalidating Process Hazard Analyses. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Biere, A., Nahir, A., & Vos, T. (Eds.). (2013). Hardware and Software: Verification and Testing: 8th International Haifa Verification Conference, HVC 2012, Haifa, Israel, November 6-8, 2012. Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 7857). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Achten, P., van Eekelen, M., Plasmeijer, R., & van Weelden, A. (2005). GEC: A Toolkit for Generic Rapid Prototyping of Type Safe Interactive Applications. In V. Vene & T. Uustalu (Eds.), Advanced Functional Programming: 5th International School, AFP 2004, Tartu, Estonia, August 14 – 21, 2004, Revised Lectures (pp. 210–244). 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
Taub, B. (2016, June 16). Making Art Can Reduce Stress Hormone Levels – Even if You Suck At It. 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. (1990). Information Resources: Problems Persist in Justice’s ADP Management and Operations (IMTEC-91-4). 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
Ulaganathan, M. N. (2016). Building a volunteered geographic information system (VGIS): A mobile application for disaster management [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Mueller, B. (2015, June 28). Size of Manhunt Area for 2nd Prison Escapee Significantly Expanded. New York Times, A22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schaechter, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Müller & Lentink, 2004; Schaechter, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Müller & Lentink, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Guo et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kiehl et al., 2014)

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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