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
Boebinger, G.S., 2009. Physics. An abnormal normal state. Science 323, 590–591.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yang, L., Huang, H.W., 2002. Observation of a membrane fusion intermediate structure. Science 297, 1877–1879.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bosch, R., van de Pol, M., Philp, J., 2015. Policy: Define biomass sustainability. Nature 523, 526–527.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tildesley, M.J., Savill, N.J., Shaw, D.J., Deardon, R., Brooks, S.P., Woolhouse, M.E.J., Grenfell, B.T., Keeling, M.J., 2006. Optimal reactive vaccination strategies for a foot-and-mouth outbreak in the UK. Nature 440, 83–86.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dormieux, L., Kondo, D., 2016. Micromechanics of Fracture and Damage. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Christenson, S.L., Reschly, A.L., Wylie, C. (Eds.), 2012. Handbook of Research on Student Engagement. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
De Neve, W., Wu, Y., Ezzell, G., 2006. Practical IMRT Planning, in: Bortfeld, T., Schmidt-Ullrich, R., Neve, W.D., Wazer, D.E. (Eds.), Image-Guided IMRT. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 47–59.

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., 2014. Two Independent Studies Find Epigenetic Changes In Brains Of Alzheimer’s Patients [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. DOD Personnel: More Accurate Estimate of Overdue Security Clearance Reinvestigations Is Needed (No. T-NSIAD-00-246). 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
Johnson, J.M., 2013. Service learning: Providing the building blocks for a socially responsible nursing role (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Kelly, C., 2012. Personal Finance Advice, Taken to the Woodshed. New York Times BU6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Boebinger, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Boebinger, 2009; Yang and Huang, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Yang and Huang, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Tildesley et al., 2006)

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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