How to format your references using the International Journal of Accounting citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of 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
Baltensperger, U. (2010). Atmospheric science. Aerosols in clearer focus. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5998), 1474–1475.
A journal article with 2 authors
Regev, A., & Shapiro, E. (2002). Cells as computation. Nature, 419(6905), 343.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kaufman, T. C., Severson, D. W., & Robinson, G. E. (2002). The Anopheles genome and comparative insect genomics. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5591), 97–98.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Bhargava, V., Head, S. R., Ordoukhanian, P., Mercola, M., & Subramaniam, S. (2014). Technical variations in low-input RNA-seq methodologies. Scientific Reports, 4, 3678.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Jawlik, A. A. (2016). Statistics from A to Z: Confusing Concepts Clarified. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Nandwani, D. (Ed.). (2016). Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture (1st ed. 2016, Vol. 9). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Gschwandtner, M., & Uhl, A. (2009). Protected Progressive Meshes. In G. Bebis, R. Boyle, B. Parvin, D. Koracin, Y. Kuno, J. Wang, R. Pajarola, P. Lindstrom, A. Hinkenjann, M. L. Encarnação, C. T. Silva, & D. Coming (Eds.), Advances in Visual Computing: 5th International Symposium, ISVC 2009, Las Vegas, NV, USA, November 30-December 2, 2009. Proceedings, Part II (pp. 35–48). 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 International Journal of Accounting.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2017, May 15). A Supernova 50 Light-Years Away Could Start A Mass Extinction. 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. (1978). Improvements Needed in the Department of Energy’s Efforts To Develop a Financial Reporting System (EMD-78-95). 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
Moua, P. (2009). Differential functions of the kinesin-1 tail in Drosophila melanogaster transport processes [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana 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
Yablonsky, L. (2011, October 9). Characters Welcome. New York Times, ST3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Baltensperger, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Baltensperger, 2010; Regev & Shapiro, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Regev & Shapiro, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Kaufman et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Bhargava et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Accounting
ISSN (print)0020-7063

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