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
Edwards, R. G. (2001). IVF and the history of stem cells. Nature, 413(6854), 349–351.
A journal article with 2 authors
Matsumoto, Y., & Maller, J. L. (2002). Calcium, calmodulin, and CaMKII requirement for initiation of centrosome duplication in Xenopus egg extracts. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5554), 499–502.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gilg, O., Hanski, I., & Sittler, B. (2003). Cyclic dynamics in a simple vertebrate predator-prey community. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5646), 866–868.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Suh, G. S. B., Wong, A. M., Hergarden, A. C., Wang, J. W., Simon, A. F., Benzer, S., et al. (2004). A single population of olfactory sensory neurons mediates an innate avoidance behaviour in Drosophila. Nature, 431(7010), 854–859.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nyce, D. S. (2016). Position Sensors. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hogan, J. A. (2012). Duration and Bandwidth Limiting: Prolate Functions, Sampling, and Applications. (J. Lakey, Ed.) (1st Edition.). Boston, MA: Birkhäuser.
A chapter in an edited book
Bhansali, A., & Gogate, Y. (2015). Cushing’s Syndrome: Diagnosis and Treatment. In Y. Gogate (Ed.), Clinical Rounds in Endocrinology: Volume I - Adult Endocrinology (pp. 95–124). New Delhi: Springer India.

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
Hale, T. (2016, May 4). Hundreds Of Laboratory-Riased Chimpanzees Are About To Experience Freedom For The First Time. 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. (1999). Year 2000 Computing Crisis: USDA Needs to Accelerate Time Frames for Completing Contingency Planning (No. AIMD-99-178). 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
Bourne, B. B. (2009). Phenomenological study of response to organizational change: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Rothenberg, B., & Clarey, C. (2016, August 17). Tennis; Ex-Champion del Potro Gets Wild Card for U.S. Open. New York Times, p. B13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Edwards 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Edwards 2001; Matsumoto and Maller 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Matsumoto and Maller 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Suh et al. 2004)

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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