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
Wyatt, T. D. (2009). Fifty years of pheromones. Nature, 457(7227), 262–263.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rizzoli, S. O., & Betz, W. J. (2004). The structural organization of the readily releasable pool of synaptic vesicles. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5666), 2037–2039.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hwang, J., Timusk, T., & Gu, G. D. (2004). High-transition-temperature superconductivity in the absence of the magnetic-resonance mode. Nature, 427(6976), 714–717.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Bell, R., Duke, A. A., Gilmore, P. E., Page, D., & Bègue, L. (2014). Anxiolytic-like effects observed in rats exposed to the elevated zero-maze following treatment with 5-HT2/5-HT3/5-HT4 ligands. Scientific Reports, 4, 3881.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Heritier, S., Cantoni, E., Copt, S., & Victoria-Feser, M.-P. (2009). Robust Methods in Biostatistics: Heritier/Robust Methods in Biostatistics. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Li, S., Saddik, A. E., Wang, M., Mei, T., Sebe, N., Yan, S., … Gurrin, C. (Eds.). (2013). Advances in Multimedia Modeling: 19th International Conference, MMM 2013, Huangshan, China, January 7-9, 2013, Proceedings, Part I (Vol. 7732). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Truyen, F., & Waelde, C. (2016). Copyright, Cultural Heritage and Photography: A Gordian Knot? In K. J. Borowiecki, N. Forbes, & A. Fresa (Eds.), Cultural Heritage in a Changing World (pp. 77–96). Cham: 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
Fang, J. (2015, February 4). How “SuperAger” Brains Are Different Than Everyone Else’s. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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). Federal Vehicle Collisions and Aftermarket Collision Avoidance Technologies (No. GAO-14-408R). Washington, DC: 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
Yu, W. (2012). Impacts of storms and sea-level rise on coastal evolution between two capes: Onslow Bay, North Carolina (Doctoral dissertation). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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. (2007, February 22). Five Smart Moves and Five Big Mistakes. New York Times, p. F4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wyatt, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Rizzoli & Betz, 2004; Wyatt, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Rizzoli & Betz, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Hwang, Timusk, & Gu, 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Bell, Duke, Gilmore, Page, & Bègue, 2014)

About the journal

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

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