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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Accounting Information Systems. 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
Lin, H., 2007. piRNAs in the germ line. Science 316, 397.
A journal article with 2 authors
Feehley, T., Nagler, C.R., 2014. Health: The weighty costs of non-caloric sweeteners. Nature 514, 176–177.
A journal article with 3 authors
McCormick, D.A., Shu, Y., Yu, Y., 2007. Neurophysiology: Hodgkin and Huxley model--still standing? Nature 445, E1-2; discussion E2-3.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhang, X., Lu, W., Dai, J., Bourgeois, L., Yao, J., Wang, H., Friend, J.R., Zhao, D., MacFarlane, D.R., 2014. Nanofabrication of highly ordered, tunable metallic mesostructures via quasi-hard-templating of lyotropic liquid crystals. Sci. Rep. 4, 7420.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kamso, N., Ng, T.M., 2013. Investing in Islamic Funds. John Wiley & Sons, Singapore Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Goldfarb, J.M. (Ed.), 2014. Third-Party Reproduction: A Comprehensive Guide. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Losoncz, A., 2011. Spiritual Motivation in Management, in: Zsolnai, L. (Ed.), Spirituality and Ethics in Management, Issues in Business Ethics. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 75–94.

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 Information Systems.

Blog post
Taub, B., 2016. Nearly All Illegal Elephant Ivory Smuggled Out Of Africa Is From Recent Kills [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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. El Salvador: Pipeline of U.S. Aid as of August 1990 (No. NSIAD-90-285FS). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Garyan, D., 2017. Converging origins: Never forget what happened in the future (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Shpigel, B., 2017. Dempsey’s Hat Trick Seals a Win and Steadies a World Cup Campaign. New York Times SP2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lin, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Feehley and Nagler, 2014; Lin, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Feehley and Nagler, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhang et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Accounting Information Systems
AbbreviationInt. J. Acc. Inf. Syst.
ISSN (print)1467-0895
Management Information Systems
Information Systems and Management

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