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
Ciochon, R. L. (2009). The mystery ape of Pleistocene Asia. Nature, 459(7249), 910–911.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tyc, T., & Zhang, X. (2011). Forum Optics: Perfect lenses in focus. Nature, 480(7375), 42–43.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bertotti, B., Iess, L., & Tortora, P. (2003). A test of general relativity using radio links with the Cassini spacecraft. Nature, 425(6956), 374–376.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Calignano, A., Kátona, I., Désarnaud, F., Giuffrida, A., La Rana, G., Mackie, K., Freund, T. F., & Piomelli, D. (2000). Bidirectional control of airway responsiveness by endogenous cannabinoids. Nature, 408(6808), 96–101.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Miller, R. E. (1999). Optimization. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Braslavski, P., Karpov, N., Worring, M., Volkovich, Y., & Ignatov, D. I. (Eds.). (2015). Information Retrieval: 8th Russian Summer School, RuSSIR 2014, Nizhniy, Novgorod, Russia, August 18-22, 2014, Revised Selected Papers (1st ed. 2015, Vol. 505). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Ramírez, C., García, H., Serna, L., & León, N. (2011). CAI for Minimizing Movement of Solar Tracking Concentrators. In D. Cavallucci, R. de Guio, & G. Cascini (Eds.), Building Innovation Pipelines through Computer-Aided Innovation: 4th IFIP WG 5.4 Working Conference, CAI 2011, Strasbourg, France, June 30 – July 1, 2011. Proceedings (pp. 43–56). 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. (2013, October 22). Scientists have made light appear to break Newton’s third law. IFLScience; IFLScience.’s-third-law/


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. (1988). Digests of Unpublished Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States, Vol. V, No. 3 (138866). 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
Casco, D. (2014). Consonance: An inter play of music and design to evoke curiosity and awareness of our musical identity [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
Koblin, J. (2017, August 10). Never Mind the Ratings. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ciochon, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Ciochon, 2009; Tyc & Zhang, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Tyc & Zhang, 2011)
  • Three authors: (Bertotti et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Calignano et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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