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
O’Connell, D. R. H. (2008). Geophysics. Assessing ground shaking. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5902), 686–687.
A journal article with 2 authors
Matsukevich, D. N., & Kuzmich, A. (2004). Quantum state transfer between matter and light. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5696), 663–666.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yang, J., Goldstein, J. I., & Scott, E. R. D. (2007). Iron meteorite evidence for early formation and catastrophic disruption of protoplanets. Nature, 446(7138), 888–891.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Blake, W. J., KAErn, M., Cantor, C. R., & Collins, J. J. (2003). Noise in eukaryotic gene expression. Nature, 422(6932), 633–637.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ni, Z., Pacoret, C., Benosman, R., & Régnier, S. (2014). Haptic Feedback Teleoperation of Optical Tweezers. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Simpkins, C. A. (2013). Neuroscience for Clinicians: Evidence, Models, and Practice. (A. M. Simpkins, Ed.). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gaudioso, V. (2010). Timed Storyboards: Creating a Newton Cradle Application. In T. Brown, B. Renow-Clarke, C. Collins, C. Andres, S. Anglin, M. Beckner, et al. (Eds.), Foundation Expression Blend 4 with Silverlight (pp. 95–122). Berkeley, CA: Apress.

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
Fang, J. (2014, November 4). New Frog Species Discovered in New York City. 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. (2008). Health Information Technology: HHS Has Taken Important Steps to Address Privacy Principles and Challenges, Although More Work Remains (No. GAO-08-1138). 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
Bradnan, D. M. (2015). Cherelle Wilt in Theobroma cacao (Doctoral dissertation). University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2007, December 4). Justices Express Skepticism in a Discrimination Case. New York Times, p. A26.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (O’Connell 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Matsukevich and Kuzmich 2004; O’Connell 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Matsukevich and Kuzmich 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Blake et al. 2003)

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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