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
Thomas, G. H. (2015). Evolution: An avian explosion. Nature, 526(7574), 516–517.
A journal article with 2 authors
Green, M. A., & Fry, S. C. (2005). Vitamin C degradation in plant cells via enzymatic hydrolysis of 4-O-oxalyl-L-threonate. Nature, 433(7021), 83–87.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bradley, P., Misura, K. M. S., & Baker, D. (2005). Toward high-resolution de novo structure prediction for small proteins. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5742), 1868–1871.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chae, H. K., Siberio-Pérez, D. Y., Kim, J., Go, Y., Eddaoudi, M., Matzger, A. J., O’Keeffe, M., & Yaghi, O. M. (2004). A route to high surface area, porosity and inclusion of large molecules in crystals. Nature, 427(6974), 523–527.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Flaus, J.-M. (2013). Risk Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Mamon, R. S., & Elliott, R. J. (Eds.). (2007). Hidden Markov Models in Finance (Vol. 104). Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Goraş, L., Vornicu, I., & Ungureanu, P. (2013). Topics on Cellular Neural Networks. In M. Bianchini, M. Maggini, & L. C. Jain (Eds.), Handbook on Neural Information Processing (pp. 97–141). 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, D. (2016, November 21). If We Find ET, Don’t Talk To It, Says The Man Who Wants To Find ET. 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. (1999). Tax Systems Modernization: Results of Review of IRS’ Initial Expenditure Plan (AIMD/GGD-99-206). 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
Hall, Z. B., II. (2017). General Relativistic Non-Radial Oscillations in Compact Stars [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
Flegenheimer, M. (2015, February 5). Piecing Through ‘Utter Chaos’ After Train Crash. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Thomas, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Green & Fry, 2005; Thomas, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Green & Fry, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Bradley et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Chae et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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