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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Accounting and Economics. 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
Russo, E., 2002. Chemistry plans a structural overhaul. Nature 419, 4–7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fujiwara, A., Takahashi, Y., 2001. Manipulation of elementary charge in a silicon charge-coupled device. Nature 410, 560–562.
A journal article with 3 authors
Merz, A.J., So, M., Sheetz, M.P., 2000. Pilus retraction powers bacterial twitching motility. Nature 407, 98–102.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Varricchio, D.J., Moore, J.R., Erickson, G.M., Norell, M.A., Jackson, F.D., Borkowski, J.J., 2008. Avian paternal care had dinosaur origin. Science 322, 1826–1828.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown, C., 2010. Fibonacci Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Wong, M.-C., 2016. Parallel Power Electronics Filters in Three-Phase Four-Wire Systems: Principle, Control and Design. Springer, Singapore.
A chapter in an edited book
Drugman, T., Bozkurt, B., Dutoit, T., 2010. Glottal Source Estimation Using an Automatic Chirp Decomposition, in: Solé-Casals, J., Zaiats, V. (Eds.), Advances in Nonlinear Speech Processing: International Conference on Nonlinear Speech Processing, NOLISP 2009, Vic, Spain, June 25-27. Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 35–42.

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 Journal of Accounting and Economics.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014. 24-Year-Old Woman Born Without Cerebellum [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, 1981. [Department of Energy’s Authority To Establish a Facility at Morgantown, West Virginia] (No. B-202992). 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
Brady, D.C., 2008. The transforming Rho family GTPase, Wrch -1, regulates epithelial cell morphogenesis through modulating cell junctions and actin cytoskeletal dynamics (Doctoral dissertation). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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, K., 2017. Investing in the Pain of Student Debt Is a Tough but Tempting Play. New York Times B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Russo, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Fujiwara and Takahashi, 2001; Russo, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Fujiwara and Takahashi, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Varricchio et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Accounting and Economics
AbbreviationJ. Account. Econ.
ISSN (print)0165-4101
Economics and Econometrics

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