How to format your references using the Journal of Accounting Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Accounting Education. 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
Abbott, A. (2003). Axeing of website article sparks row at Max Planck. Nature, 422(6931), 460.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rieder, C. L., & Khodjakov, A. (2003). Mitosis through the microscope: advances in seeing inside live dividing cells. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5616), 91–96.
A journal article with 3 authors
Song, K., Yeom, E., & Lee, S. J. (2014). Real-time imaging of pulvinus bending in Mimosa pudica. Scientific Reports, 4, 6466.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Silva, T. A. G., Teixeira-Neto, E., López, N., & Rossi, L. M. (2014). Volcano-like behavior of Au-Pd core-shell nanoparticles in the selective oxidation of alcohols. Scientific Reports, 4, 5766.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Swatton, P. J. (2010). Principles of Flight for Pilots. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Villalobos, F. J., & Fereres, E. (Eds.). (2016). Principles of Agronomy for Sustainable Agriculture. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Gupta, G., Singh, J., Pandey, P. C., Tomar, V., Rani, M., & Kumar, P. (2014). Geospatial Strategy for Estimation of Soil Organic Carbon in Tropical Wildlife Reserve. In P. K. Srivastava, S. Mukherjee, M. Gupta, & T. Islam (Eds.), Remote Sensing Applications in Environmental Research (pp. 69–83). Springer International Publishing.

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 Education.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2015, October 22). Your Brain Might Multitask By Heightening One Sense While Dampening Another. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1996). Space Station: Cost Control Difficulties Continue (NSIAD-96-135). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Bethany, M. P. (2014). Business continuity planning: Identifying gaps, patterns and justifications [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Tommasini, A., da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM, C., Oestreich, J. R., & Allen, D. (2017, September 8). Sex and Death: It Must Be Opera. New York Times, AR50.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Abbott, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Abbott, 2003; Rieder & Khodjakov, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Rieder & Khodjakov, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Song et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Silva et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Accounting Education
AbbreviationJ. Acc. Educ.
ISSN (print)0748-5751

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