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
Schröder, R., 2003. The genes orthodenticle and hunchback substitute for bicoid in the beetle Tribolium. Nature 422, 621–625.
A journal article with 2 authors
Keklikoglou, I., De Palma, M., 2014. Cancer: Metastasis risk after anti-macrophage therapy. Nature 515, 46–47.
A journal article with 3 authors
Curry, R., Dickson, B., Yashayaev, I., 2003. A change in the freshwater balance of the Atlantic Ocean over the past four decades. Nature 426, 826–829.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Thompson, J.D., Zwickl, B.M., Jayich, A.M., Marquardt, F., Girvin, S.M., Harris, J.G.E., 2008. Strong dispersive coupling of a high-finesse cavity to a micromechanical membrane. Nature 452, 72–75.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Klepinger, L.L., 2006. Fundamentals of Forensic Anthropology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Kutnick, P., 2014. Effective Group Work in Primary School Classrooms: The SPRinG Approach, Professional Learning and Development in Schools and Higher Education. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Affuso, A., 2009. The Role of Fixed Assets in Reducing Asymmetric Information, in: Calcagnini, G., Saltari, E. (Eds.), The Economics of Imperfect Markets: The Effects of Market Imperfections on Economic Decision-Making, Contributions to Economics. Physica-Verlag HD, Heidelberg, pp. 91–102.

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
Davis, J., 2015. Researchers Link Humans Brains Allowing One To Guess What The Other Is Thinking [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, 1978. Developing State Automated Information Systems To Support Federal Assistance Programs: Problems and Opportunities (No. FGMSD-78-31). 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
Tabellario, C.M., 2009. A plan to establish a financial counseling center on the campus of California State University, Long Beach (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
Oestreich, J.R., 2017. Lions in Winter Who Can Still Roar. New York Times C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schröder, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Keklikoglou and De Palma, 2014; Schröder, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Keklikoglou and De Palma, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Thompson et al., 2008)

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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