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
Webb, P., 2010. Science education and literacy: imperatives for the developed and developing world. Science 328, 448–450.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dell’Anno, A., Danovaro, R., 2005. Extracellular DNA plays a key role in deep-sea ecosystem functioning. Science 309, 2179.
A journal article with 3 authors
Esper, J., Cook, E.R., Schweingruber, F.H., 2002. Low-frequency signals in long tree-ring chronologies for reconstructing past temperature variability. Science 295, 2250–2253.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Orvedahl, A., Sumpter, R., Jr, Xiao, G., Ng, A., Zou, Z., Tang, Y., Narimatsu, M., Gilpin, C., Sun, Q., Roth, M., Forst, C.V., Wrana, J.L., Zhang, Y.E., Luby-Phelps, K., Xavier, R.J., Xie, Y., Levine, B., 2011. Image-based genome-wide siRNA screen identifies selective autophagy factors. Nature 480, 113–117.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Siebert, G., Maniatis, I., 2012. Tragende Bauteile aus Glas. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Rozhansky, V., 2008. Review of Plasma Physics, Reviews of Plasma Physics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Nouy, D., 2013. Unintended Consequences of Supervision, in: Kellermann, A.J., de Haan, J., de Vries, F. (Eds.), Financial Supervision in the 21st Century. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 47–72.

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. Galaxy Cluster 9.9 Billion Light Years Away Confirmed [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, 2010. Information Technology: Opportunities Exist to Improve Management of DOD’s Electronic Health Record Initiative (No. GAO-11-50). 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
Pradhan, S.H., 2017. User Interface Design, Database Connectivity, and Security in Fortified Cards (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
Baker, P., Fisher, I., 2017. Trump Stresses Palestinian Deal. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Webb, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Dell’Anno and Danovaro, 2005; Webb, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Dell’Anno and Danovaro, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Orvedahl et al., 2011)

About the journal

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

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