How to format your references using the Journal of Contemporary Accounting & Economics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Contemporary Accounting & Economics. 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
Polak, T., 2015. Help others--and help your career. Science 350, 246.
A journal article with 2 authors
Stewart, J.R., Stringer, C.B., 2012. Human evolution out of Africa: the role of refugia and climate change. Science 335, 1317–1321.
A journal article with 3 authors
Scales, S.J., Finley, M.F., Scheller, R.H., 2001. Cell biology. Fusion without SNAREs? Science 294, 1015–1016.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gröbner, G., Burnett, I.J., Glaubitz, C., Choi, G., Mason, A.J., Watts, A., 2000. Observations of light-induced structural changes of retinal within rhodopsin. Nature 405, 810–813.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ahamed, S.V., 2006. Intelligent Internet Knowledge Networks. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Möslein, K.M., 2009. Strategies for Innovators: HHL Open School Case Book. Gabler, Wiesbaden.
A chapter in an edited book
Pitts, S., Gordon, C.M., 2016. Indications for DXA in Children and Adolescents, in: Fung, E.B., Bachrach, L.K., Sawyer, A.J. (Eds.), Bone Health Assessment in Pediatrics: Guidelines for Clinical Practice. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 75–87.

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 Contemporary Accounting & Economics.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. 22,000-Year-Old Skull Could Represent Unknown Lineage Of Humans [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2007. Business Modernization: NASA Must Consider Agencywide Needs to Reap the Full Benefits of Its Enterprise Management System Modernization Effort (No. GAO-07-691). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Hamilton, M.A., 2003. Experiences of Everyday Racism: Understanding the Racial Difference in Perceptions of Physicians’ Cultural Competence (Doctoral dissertation). University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

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
Kenigsberg, B., 2017. By the Time It Gets Dark. New York Times C8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Polak, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Polak, 2015; Stewart and Stringer, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Stewart and Stringer, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Gröbner et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Contemporary Accounting & Economics
ISSN (print)1815-5669

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