How to format your references using the Management Accounting Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Management Accounting Research. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Polster, B., 2002. Mathematics: What is the best way to lace your shoes? Nature 420, 476.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zufall, R.A., Rausher, M.D., 2004. Genetic changes associated with floral adaptation restrict future evolutionary potential. Nature 428, 847–850.
A journal article with 3 authors
Core, L.J., Waterfall, J.J., Lis, J.T., 2008. Nascent RNA sequencing reveals widespread pausing and divergent initiation at human promoters. Science 322, 1845–1848.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Coggan, J.S., Bartol, T.M., Esquenazi, E., Stiles, J.R., Lamont, S., Martone, M.E., Berg, D.K., Ellisman, M.H., Sejnowski, T.J., 2005. Evidence for ectopic neurotransmission at a neuronal synapse. Science 309, 446–451.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dimon, R., 2013. Enterprise Performance Management Done Right. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Cao, H., Paltiel, J. (Eds.), 2016. Facing China as a New Global Superpower: Domestic and International Dynamics from a Multidisciplinary Angle. Springer, Singapore.
A chapter in an edited book
Engelmann, F., Arnao, M.-T.G., Wu, Y., Escobar, R., 2008. Development of Encapsulation Dehydration, in: Reed, B.M. (Ed.), Plant Cryopreservation: A Practical Guide. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 59–75.

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 Management Accounting Research.

Blog post
Fang, J., 2016. Tiny Vibrating Hairs Help Bees Sense Electrical Signals Sent From Flowers [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, 2010. Telecommunications: The Proposed Performance Rights Act Would Result in Additional Costs for Broadcast Radio Stations and Additional Revenue for Record Companies, Musicians, and Performers (No. GAO-10-826). 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
Dovale, M.J., 2013. Postwar japan’s hybrid modernity of in-betweenness: Historical, literary, and social perspectives (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
Grynbaum, M.M., Stack, L., 2017. O’Reilly Addresses Fans Via Podcast as Fox News Adjusts to a New Lineup. New York Times B2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Polster, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Polster, 2002; Zufall and Rausher, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Zufall and Rausher, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Coggan et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleManagement Accounting Research
AbbreviationManag. Acc. Res.
ISSN (print)1044-5005
Information Systems and Management

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