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
Hafner, S.D., 2003. Ecology: Is fertilization efficiency misleading? Nature 422, 397–8; discussion 398.
A journal article with 2 authors
Libuda, D.E., Winston, F., 2006. Amplification of histone genes by circular chromosome formation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Nature 443, 1003–1007.
A journal article with 3 authors
Copeland, N.G., Jenkins, N.A., O’Brien, S.J., 2002. Genomics. Mmu 16--comparative genomic highlights. Science 296, 1617–1618.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Parlati, F., McNew, J.A., Fukuda, R., Miller, R., Söllner, T.H., Rothman, J.E., 2000. Topological restriction of SNARE-dependent membrane fusion. Nature 407, 194–198.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mohanty, S., Ghosh, R., 2010. Planning a Scientific Career in Industry. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Shishkov, B. (Ed.), 2016. Business Modeling and Software Design: 5th International Symposium, BMSD 2015, Milan, Italy, July 6–8, 2015, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Condoleo, P., 2010. The Mỹ Sơn Temples in Vietnam: Construction Techniques and Structural Issues, in: Dan, M.B., Přikryl, R., Török, Á. (Eds.), Materials, Technologies and Practice in Historic Heritage Structures. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 49–68.

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
Hamilton, K., 2017. How Old Is Our Moon? [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. Status of Office of Education’s National Direct Student Loan Funds at Selected Postsecondary Education Institutions (No. HRD-78-94). 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
Horwitz, M.H., 2017. Morphodynamics and Sediment Transport Pathways of the John’s Pass-Blind Pass Dual Inlet System: Pinellas County, Florida (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Murphy, M.J.O., 2015. The Rise of Modigliani’s Profile, and the Asking Prices for His Works. New York Times C36.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hafner, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Hafner, 2003; Libuda and Winston, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Libuda and Winston, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Parlati et al., 2000)

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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