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
Gould, J., 2014. Science budget: funding by numbers. Nature 511, S52-3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Koch, C., Hepp, K., 2006. Quantum mechanics in the brain. Nature 440, 611.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tibi, R., Wiens, D.A., Inoue, H., 2003. Remote triggering of deep earthquakes in the 2002 Tonga sequences. Nature 424, 921–925.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Aleman, A., Rios, M., Juarez, M., Lee, D., Chen, A., Eivers, E., 2014. Mad linker phosphorylations control the intensity and range of the BMP-activity gradient in developing Drosophila tissues. Sci. Rep. 4, 6927.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dincer, I., Rosen, M.A., Ahmadi, P., 2017. Optimization of Energy Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Adamski, M., Barkalov, A., Węgrzyn, M. (Eds.), 2011. Design of Digital Systems and Devices, Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Hörmann, G., Herbst, M., Eschenbach, C., 2008. Water Relations at Different Scales, in: Fränzle, O., Kappen, L., Blume, H.-P., Dierssen, K. (Eds.), Ecosystem Organization of a Complex Landscape: Long-Term Research in the Bornhöved Lake District, Germany, Ecological Studies. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 101–117.

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. Scientists Find Biological “Switch” That Reverts Mature Liver Cells to Stem Cells [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL“switch”-reverts-mature-liver-cells-stem-cells/ (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, 2006. NASA: Sound Management and Oversight Key to Addressing Crew Exploration Vehicle Project Risks (No. GAO-06-1127T). 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
Perry, E.M., 2010. Live and let live: Negotiating difference in a diverse urban neighborhood (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
St. John Kelly, E., 1998. A Life Spent In the Past, Of a Fashion. New York Times 147.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gould, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Gould, 2014; Koch and Hepp, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Koch and Hepp, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Aleman et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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