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
Kahan, D., 2012. Why we are poles apart on climate change. Nature 488, 255.
A journal article with 2 authors
Woodroffe, R., Redpath, S.M., 2015. CONSERVATION. When the hunter becomes the hunted. Science 348, 1312–1314.
A journal article with 3 authors
Puntes, V.F., Krishnan, K.M., Alivisatos, A.P., 2001. Colloidal nanocrystal shape and size control: the case of cobalt. Science 291, 2115–2117.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gunn, K.C., Cutfield, W.S., Hofman, P.L., Jefferies, C.A., Albert, B.B., Gunn, A.J., 2014. Constitutional delay influences the auxological response to growth hormone treatment in children with short stature and growth hormone sufficiency. Sci. Rep. 4, 6061.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bays, D.H., 2011. A New History of Christianity in China. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Göransson, B., Brundenius, C. (Eds.), 2012. L’université en transition: L’évolution de son rôle et des défis à relever, Idées et innovation en développement international. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Cames, M., Weidlich, A., 2006. Emissions trading and innovation in the German electricity industry — impact of possible design options for an emissions trading scheme on innovation strategies in the German electricity industry, in: Antes, R., Hansjürgens, B., Letmathe, P. (Eds.), Emissions Trading and Business. Physica-Verlag HD, Heidelberg, pp. 39–51.

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, D., 2016. Seven Things Worth Knowing About Mosquitoes [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, 2014. Credit Cards: Marketing to College Students Appears to Have Declined (No. GAO-14-225). 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
Thom, R.C., 2017. Digital Martyrs and Shadowless Assailants: The Projective Shadow’s Emergence in Cyberspace (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, 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
Barron, J., 2017. Stepping Off Fifth Ave., Into a 1920s Paris Apartment. New York Times A12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kahan, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Kahan, 2012; Woodroffe and Redpath, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Woodroffe and Redpath, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Gunn et al., 2014)

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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