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
Lin, H. (2007). piRNAs in the germ line. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5823), 397.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gutierrez, M. P., & Lee, L. P. (2013). Engineering. Multiscale design and integration of sustainable building functions. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6143), 247–248.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dong, H., Wen, B., & Melnik, R. (2014). Relative importance of grain boundaries and size effects in thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline materials. Scientific Reports, 4, 7037.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Slota, M., Keerthi, A., Myers, W. K., Tretyakov, E., Baumgarten, M., Ardavan, A., Sadeghi, H., Lambert, C. J., Narita, A., Müllen, K., & Bogani, L. (2018). Publisher Correction: Magnetic edge states and coherent manipulation of graphene nanoribbons. Nature, 561(7723), E31.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Reid, G. (2011). Dyslexia. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Dillmann, A., Heller, G., Kreplin, H.-P., Nitsche, W., & Peltzer, I. (Eds.). (2013). New Results in Numerical and Experimental Fluid Mechanics VIII: Contributions to the 17th STAB/DGLR Symposium Berlin, Germany 2010 (Vol. 121). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Loosemore, R., & Goertzel, B. (2012). Why an Intelligence Explosion is Probable. In A. H. Eden, J. H. Moor, J. H. Søraker, & E. Steinhart (Eds.), Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment (pp. 83–98). Springer.

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
Andrew, E. (2014, November 21). The Unknown Crocodiles. 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. (1977). Implementation of the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act (B-115398). 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
He, H. (2006). Numerical Simulations of Unsteady Flows in a Pulse Detonation Engine by the Space-Time Conservation Element and Solution Element Method [Doctoral dissertation]. Ohio State University.

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
Marx, L. (2016, November 18). After a Clumsy First Kiss, Making Out Just Fine. New York Times, ST17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lin, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Gutierrez & Lee, 2013; Lin, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Gutierrez & Lee, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Dong et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Slota et al., 2018)

About the journal

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

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