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
Ruth, T. (2009). Accelerating production of medical isotopes. Nature, 457(7229), 536–537.
A journal article with 2 authors
Spero, H. J., & Lea, D. W. (2002). The cause of carbon isotope minimum events on glacial terminations. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5567), 522–525.
A journal article with 3 authors
McSween, H. Y., Jr, Taylor, G. J., & Wyatt, M. B. (2009). Elemental composition of the Martian crust. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5928), 736–739.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Brady, S. M., Orlando, D. A., Lee, J.-Y., Wang, J. Y., Koch, J., Dinneny, J. R., Mace, D., Ohler, U., & Benfey, P. N. (2007). A high-resolution root spatiotemporal map reveals dominant expression patterns. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5851), 801–806.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gaffney, S., & Francis, C. (2009). Honesty Sells. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Clemente, F. M. (2016). Social Network Analysis Applied to Team Sports Analysis (F. M. L. Martins & R. S. Mendes, Eds.; 1st ed. 2016). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Lacape, J.-M., Loison, R., & Foncéka, D. (2016). Enhanced Drought Adaptation in African Savanna Crops. In E. Torquebiau (Ed.), Climate Change and Agriculture Worldwide (pp. 59–71). Springer Netherlands.

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, August 21). British Soldiers Sent To Gabon To Help Tackle Ivory Poaching. 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. (2008). Aviation and the Environment: FAA’s and NASA’s Research and Development Plans for Noise Reduction Are Aligned but the Prospects of Achieving Noise Reduction Goals Are Uncertain (GAO-08-384). 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
Hasbini, M. A. (2017). The Great Recession of 2007 and the Housing Market Crash: Why Did So Many Builders Fail? Lessons for the Local Homebuilding Industry [Doctoral dissertation]. University of South Florida.

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
Almosawa, S., & Hubbard, B. (2016, October 8). Saudi-Led Airstrikes Blamed for Massacre of Scores of Yemeni Mourners. New York Times, A14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ruth, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Ruth, 2009; Spero & Lea, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Spero & Lea, 2002)
  • Three authors: (McSween et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Brady et al., 2007)

About the journal

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

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