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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Accounting Literature. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Kealey, T. (2000). More is less. Economists and governments lag decades behind Derek Price’s thinking. Nature, 405(6784), 279.
A journal article with 2 authors
Grayson, M., & Pincock, S. (2015). Nature Index 2015 Collaborations. Nature, 527(7577), S49.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhao, M., Dong, W., & Wang, A. (2013). Two-dimensional carbon topological insulators superior to graphene. Scientific Reports, 3, 3532.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Popescu, G., Robert, A., Howe, J. R., & Auerbach, A. (2004). Reaction mechanism determines NMDA receptor response to repetitive stimulation. Nature, 430(7001), 790–793.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Yukihara, E. G., & McKeever, S. W. S. (2011). Optically Stimulated Luminescence. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Sabath, F., & Mokole, E. L. (Eds.). (2014). Ultra-Wideband, Short-Pulse Electromagnetics 10. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Roth, D., Peretz, H., & Barak, D. (2016). How Stigma Affects Us: The Voice of Self-advocates. In K. Scior & S. Werner (Eds.), Intellectual Disability and Stigma: Stepping Out from the Margins (pp. 49–59). Palgrave Macmillan UK.

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 Literature.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, January 10). Great white sharks can live three times longer than was previously believed. 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. (1984). U.S. and Soviet Bloc Training of Latin American and Caribbean Students: Considerations in Developing Future U.S. Programs (NSIAD-84-109). 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
Bible, P. W. (2013). Integrating Heterogeneous Datasets for Functional Profiling of Transcription Factors and Their Target Genes [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Louisiana.

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
Pilon, M. (2014, February 12). I.O.C. Reinstates India. New York Times, B18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kealey, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Grayson & Pincock, 2015; Kealey, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Grayson & Pincock, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Zhao et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Popescu et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Accounting Literature
AbbreviationJ. Acc. Lit.
ISSN (print)0737-4607

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