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
Inguscio, M. (2003). Physics. How to freeze out collisions. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5626), 1671–1673.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lu, T., & Wheeler, S. E. (2015). Organic chemistry. Harnessing weak interactions for enantioselective catalysis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 347(6223), 719–720.
A journal article with 3 authors
Budd, G. E., Butterfield, N. J., & Jensen, S. (2001). Crustaceans and the “Cambrian explosion.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5549), 2047.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mook, H. A., Dai, P., Dogan, F., & Hunt, R. D. (2000). One-dimensional nature of the magnetic fluctuations in YBa2Cu3O6.6. Nature, 404(6779), 729–731.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Simmons, M., & Dalgleish, E. (2006). Corporate Actions. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Proulx, T. (Ed.). (2011). Civil Engineering Topics, Volume 4: Proceedings of the 29th IMAC, A Conference on Structural Dynamics, 2011. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Antonucci, A. (2012). An Interval-Valued Dissimilarity Measure for Belief Functions Based on Credal Semantics. In T. Denoeux & M.-H. Masson (Eds.), Belief Functions: Theory and Applications: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Belief Functions, Compiègne, France 9-11 May 2012 (pp. 37–44). 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, January 21). How Deadly Cancer May Actually Be Spread By Survival Mechanism. 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. (1976). Uses of Minicomputers in the Federal Government: Trends, Benefits, and Problems (FGMSD-75-53). 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
Mathew, J. (2008). Examining the relationship between secondary school head teachers’ leadership and teachers’ satisfaction in Kerala, India [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Barron, J. (2016, September 12). Trading a Pop Star Strut for a Runway Glide. New York Times, A21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Inguscio, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Inguscio, 2003; Lu & Wheeler, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Lu & Wheeler, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Budd et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Mook et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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