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
Vilenkin, A. (2006). Astronomy. The vacuum energy crisis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5777), 1148–1149.
A journal article with 2 authors
Körner, C., & Basler, D. (2010). Plant science. Phenology under global warming. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5972), 1461–1462.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang, L., Zeng, X., & Wang, X. (2013). Programmable hydrogenation of graphene for novel nanocages. Scientific Reports, 3, 3162.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hester, J. J., Desch, S. J., Healy, K. R., & Leshin, L. A. (2004). Astronomy. The cradle of the solar system. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5674), 1116–1117.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Monks, R. A. G., Reed Lajoux, A., & LeBaron, D. (2010). Corporate Valuation for Portfolio Investment. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Krüger, J., Nickolay, B., & Gaycken, S. (Eds.). (2013). The Secure Information Society: Ethical, Legal and Political Challenges. London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Zhang, W., Liu, D., Li, G., & Zhang, W. (2006). Special Task Scheduling and Control of Cluster Parallel Computing for High-Performance Ground Processing System. In V. N. Alexandrov, G. D. van Albada, P. M. A. Sloot, & J. Dongarra (Eds.), Computational Science – ICCS 2006: 6th International Conference, Reading, UK, May 28-31, 2006. Proceedings, Part III (pp. 17–23). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Davis, J. (2016, July 26). 5 Things That Make You Attractive To Mosquitoes. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2009). Feasibility of Requiring Financial Assurances for the Recall or Destruction of Unsafe Consumer Products (No. GAO-09-512R). Washington, DC: 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
Vento, K. A. (2017). The Effects of Progressive Muscle Relaxation on the Subjective Well-Being of Collegiate Athletes (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Brantley, B. (2017, August 15). Curtain’s Up. Adulthood Can Wait. New York Times, p. C6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Vilenkin, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Körner & Basler, 2010; Vilenkin, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Körner & Basler, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Zhang, Zeng, & Wang, 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Hester, Desch, Healy, & Leshin, 2004)

About the journal

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

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