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
Holmgren, A., 2008. Biochemistry. SNO removal. Science 320, 1019–1020.
A journal article with 2 authors
Li, F., Ravetch, J.V., 2011. Inhibitory Fcγ receptor engagement drives adjuvant and anti-tumor activities of agonistic CD40 antibodies. Science 333, 1030–1034.
A journal article with 3 authors
Reiserer, A., Ritter, S., Rempe, G., 2013. Nondestructive detection of an optical photon. Science 342, 1349–1351.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ben-Shahar, Y., Robichon, A., Sokolowski, M.B., Robinson, G.E., 2002. Influence of gene action across different time scales on behavior. Science 296, 741–744.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Menk, F.W., Waters, C.L., 2013. Magnetoseismology. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Goldberg, D.J. (Ed.), 2007. Facial Rejuvenation: A Total Approach. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Noddings, N., 2012. Working to Awaken, in: Whang, P.A. (Ed.), Rattling Chains: Exploring Social Justice in Education. SensePublishers, Rotterdam, pp. 37–40.

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
Andrew, E., 2014. “World’s Biggest Dinosaur” Discovered [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. DOD is Making Progress in Adopting Best Practices for the Transformational Satellite Communications System and Space Radar but Still Faces Challenges (No. GAO-07-1029R). 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
Ford, V.F., 2012. An Exploratory Investigation of the Relationship between Turnover Intentions, Work Exhaustion and Disengagement among IT Professionals in a Single Institution of Higher Education in a Major Metropolitan Area (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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., 2016. Daddy’s Dreams, Recast by His Girls. New York Times C13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Holmgren, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Holmgren, 2008; Li and Ravetch, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Li and Ravetch, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Ben-Shahar et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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