How to format your references using the Review of Accounting Studies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Review of Accounting Studies. 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
Pandolfi, J. M. (2015). Ecology: Deep and complex ways to survive bleaching. Nature, 518(7537), 43–44.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fagiolini, M., & Hensch, T. K. (2000). Inhibitory threshold for critical-period activation in primary visual cortex. Nature, 404(6774), 183–186.
A journal article with 3 authors
Toda, S., Stein, R. S., & Sagiya, T. (2002). Evidence from the AD 2000 Izu islands earthquake swarm that stressing rate governs seismicity. Nature, 419(6902), 58–61.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Taga, M. E., Larsen, N. A., Howard-Jones, A. R., Walsh, C. T., & Walker, G. C. (2007). BluB cannibalizes flavin to form the lower ligand of vitamin B12. Nature, 446(7134), 449–453.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schmidt, A. B. (2011). Financial Markets and Trading. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Marin, J.-M. (2014). Bayesian Essentials with R. (C. P. Robert, Ed.) (2nd ed. 2014.). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Belgasem, F. F. B., & Salleh, H. M. (2015). Characterization of Recombinant Enzymes. In A. Amid (Ed.), Recombinant Enzymes - From Basic Science to Commercialization (pp. 41–60). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 Review of Accounting Studies.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2015, July 16). Dissolvable Microneedles Beat Flu Vaccine Injection. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (2013). NASA: Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects (No. GAO-13-276SP). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Matta Veera Venkata, S. (2015). Ensuring security and authentication using zero knowledge protocol in wireless sensor network applications (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
Brantley, B. (2016, December 7). Banality and Trouble? They’re Neighbors. New York Times, p. C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pandolfi 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Fagiolini and Hensch 2000; Pandolfi 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Fagiolini and Hensch 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Taga et al. 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleReview of Accounting Studies
AbbreviationRev. Acc. Stud.
ISSN (print)1380-6653
ISSN (online)1573-7136
ScopeGeneral Business, Management and Accounting

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