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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. 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
McGraw, R., 2004. Humidity, ice, and nitric acid. Science 304, 961–3; author reply 961-3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zimmerman, J.B., Anastas, P.T., 2015. Chemistry. Toward substitution with no regrets. Science 347, 1198–1199.
A journal article with 3 authors
Montague, P.R., Hyman, S.E., Cohen, J.D., 2004. Computational roles for dopamine in behavioural control. Nature 431, 760–767.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kohn, A., Kovács, A., Fan, R., McIntyre, G.J., Ward, R.C.C., Goff, J.P., 2013. The antiferromagnetic structures of IrMn3 and their influence on exchange-bias. Sci. Rep. 3, 2412.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Afoakwa, E.O., 2016. Chocolate Science and Technology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Alvergne, A., Jenkinson, C., Faurie, C. (Eds.), 2016. Evolutionary Thinking in Medicine: From Research to Policy and Practice, Advances in the Evolutionary Analysis of Human Behaviour. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Recher, M., Lang, K.S., 2006. Innate (Over)immunity and Adaptive Autoimmune Disease, in: Radbruch, A., Lipsky, P.E. (Eds.), Current Concepts in Autoimmunity and Chronic Inflammation, Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 89–104.

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 Public Policy.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. This Man Has Been Shedding The Polio Virus For 28 Years [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, 1989. Health Care: Home Care Experiences of Families With Chronically Ill Children (No. HRD-89-73). 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
Dorrance, A.M., 2008. The Role of the Partial Tandem Duplication of MLL (MLL PTD) in Leukemogenesis (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Greenhouse, L., 2006. Justices Decline Church-State Case Involving a Kindergarten Poster of Jesus. New York Times A23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McGraw, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (McGraw, 2004; Zimmerman and Anastas, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Zimmerman and Anastas, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Kohn et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Accounting and Public Policy
AbbreviationJ. Account. Public Policy
ISSN (print)0278-4254
Sociology and Political Science

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