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
Graeber, M.B., 2010. Changing face of microglia. Science 330, 783–788.
A journal article with 2 authors
Felfly, H., Klein, O.D., 2013. Sprouty genes regulate proliferation and survival of human embryonic stem cells. Sci. Rep. 3, 2277.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bakshy, E., Messing, S., Adamic, L.A., 2015. Political science. Exposure to ideologically diverse news and opinion on Facebook. Science 348, 1130–1132.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Okamoto, A., Kalathil, S., Deng, X., Hashimoto, K., Nakamura, R., Nealson, K.H., 2014. Cell-secreted flavins bound to membrane cytochromes dictate electron transfer reactions to surfaces with diverse charge and pH. Sci. Rep. 4, 5628.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chapman, R.J., 2012. Simple Tools and Techniques for Enterprise Risk Management. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, West Sussex, UK.
An edited book
Geller, G., Glücklich, D. (Eds.), 2012. Sustainable Rural and Urban Ecosystems: Design, Implementation and Operation: Manual for Practice and Study. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Marsh, G.P., 2014. New Introduction by David Lowenthal (2003), in: Ndubisi, F.O. (Ed.), The Ecological Design and Planning Reader. Island Press/Center for Resource Economics, Washington, DC, pp. 33–50.

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
O`Callaghan, J., 2016. Blue Origin Might Intentionally Blow Up Its New Shepard Rocket In October [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, 2000. SBA Loan Monitoring System: Substantial Progress Yet Key Risks and Challenges Remain (No. AIMD-00-124). 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
Maddox, A.L., 2017. Secondary Structure Analysis of the C-Terminus of Gα-Interacting Vesicle Associated Protein Using Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy (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
Williams, J., 2016. This is Glam Rock. New York Times BR48.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Graeber, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Felfly and Klein, 2013; Graeber, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Felfly and Klein, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Okamoto et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

Other styles