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
Garber, K., 2012. Biochemistry: A radical treatment. Nature 489, S4-6.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lubenov, E.V., Siapas, A.G., 2009. Hippocampal theta oscillations are travelling waves. Nature 459, 534–539.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ma, H., Aihara, K., Chen, L., 2014. Detecting causality from nonlinear dynamics with short-term time series. Sci. Rep. 4, 7464.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhu, J., Özdemir, S.K., Yilmaz, H., Peng, B., Dong, M., Tomes, M., Carmon, T., Yang, L., 2014. Interfacing whispering-gallery microresonators and free space light with cavity enhanced Rayleigh scattering. Sci. Rep. 4, 6396.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kupka, H.J., 2010. Transitions in Molecular Systems. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Frühwirth-Schnatter, S., Bitto, A., Kastner, G., Posekany, A. (Eds.), 2015. Bayesian Statistics from Methods to Models and Applications: Research from BAYSM 2014, Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Evgen’ev, M.B., Garbuz, D.G., Zatsepina, O.G., 2014. Heat Shock Proteins and Adaptation to Variable and Extreme Environments, in: Garbuz, D.G., Zatsepina, O.G. (Eds.), Heat Shock Proteins and Whole Body Adaptation to Extreme Environments. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 59–115.

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
Carpineti, A., 2015. Scientists Figure Out Why High Intensity Training Can Be As Effective As Longer Exercise [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, 1972. HUD Urban Studies Fellowship Program (No. 092422). 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
Ward, S., 2009. Historiography, prophecy, and literature: “Divina retribución” and its underlying ideological agenda (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Smith, M., GEORGE ETHEREDGE for THE NEW YORK TIMES, 2017. Pipeline Again Divides Nebraska. New York Times A12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Garber, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Garber, 2012; Lubenov and Siapas, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Lubenov and Siapas, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhu et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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