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
Gudmundsson, G. H. (2006). Fortnightly variations in the flow velocity of Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctica. Nature, 444(7122), 1063–1064.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hannon, G. J., & Rossi, J. J. (2004). Unlocking the potential of the human genome with RNA interference. Nature, 431(7006), 371–378.
A journal article with 3 authors
Steinberger, B., Sutherland, R., & O’Connell, R. J. (2004). Prediction of Emperor-Hawaii seamount locations from a revised model of global plate motion and mantle flow. Nature, 430(6996), 167–173.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yin, J., Gao, F., Wei, C., & Lu, Q. (2014). Water amount dependence on morphologies and properties of ZnO nanostructures in double-solvent system. Scientific Reports, 4, 3736.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hirsch, H. L. (2005). Essential Communication Strategies for Scientists, Engineers, and Technology Professionals. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Evans, B., Horton, J., & Skelton, T. (Eds.). (2016). Play and Recreation, Health and Wellbeing (Vol. 9). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Michor, P. (2011). Manifolds of differentiable maps. In V. Villani (Ed.), Differential Topology (pp. 117–127). 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 Literature.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, May 27). Genetically Engineered Athletes Could Be Heading This Way Soon. 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. (2001). Mass Transit: Bus Rapid Transit Shows Promise (GAO-01-984). 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
Viator, L. (2017). Thanatos [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
(nyt), S. K. (2002, June 25). World Briefing | Europe: Belarus: Journalists Sentenced. New York Times, A6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gudmundsson, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Gudmundsson, 2006; Hannon & Rossi, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Hannon & Rossi, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Steinberger et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Yin et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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