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
Schimel, D.S., 2010. Climate. Drylands in the Earth system. Science 327, 418–419.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhang, M., Schekman, R., 2013. Cell biology. Unconventional secretion, unconventional solutions. Science 340, 559–561.
A journal article with 3 authors
Grutzendler, J., Kasthuri, N., Gan, W.-B., 2002. Long-term dendritic spine stability in the adult cortex. Nature 420, 812–816.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Johnson, J., Canning, J., Kaneko, T., Pru, J.K., Tilly, J.L., 2004. Germline stem cells and follicular renewal in the postnatal mammalian ovary. Nature 428, 145–150.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Muccini, M., Toffanin, S., 2016. Organic Light-Emitting Transistors. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Wang, Z.-W. (Ed.), 2008. Molecular Mechanisms of Neurotransmitter Release, Contemporary Neuroscience. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ.
A chapter in an edited book
Lluch, A., 2015. Osteoarthritis of the Wrist and DRUJ, in: Trail, I.A., Fleming, A.N.M. (Eds.), Disorders of the Hand: Volume 3: Inflammation, Arthritis and Contractures. Springer, London, pp. 41–69.

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. Humans Evolved Faster Metabolism To Support Our Bigger Brains [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, 1997. Multiple Launch Rocket System: Range Less Than Needed and Sustained Rocket Production Not Ensured (No. NSIAD-97-196R). 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
Desgens-Martin, V., 2014. High prevalence of carcinoma in California sea lions Zalophus californianus: Evidence of a xenobiotic-induced carcinogenic cascade? (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
Kelly, C., 2013. An E.V. That Wraps Around a Wheelchair. New York Times AU2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schimel, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Schimel, 2010; Zhang and Schekman, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Zhang and Schekman, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Johnson et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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