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
Silver, L. M. (2001). What are clones? Nature, 412(6842), 21.
A journal article with 2 authors
McGhee, K., & Phillips, N. (2015). Nature Index 2015 China. Nature, 528(7582), S165.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang, L., Lu, C., & Tieu, K. (2014). Atomistic simulation of tensile deformation behavior of ∑5 tilt grain boundaries in copper bicrystal. Scientific reports, 4, 5919.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Oe, Y., Tominaga-Yoshino, K., Hasegawa, S., & Ogura, A. (2013). Dendritic spine dynamics in synaptogenesis after repeated LTP inductions: dependence on pre-existing spine density. Scientific reports, 3, 1957.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Petrucelli, J. R. (2013). Detecting Fraud in Organizations. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hurst, C. J. (Ed.). (2016). The Mechanistic Benefits of Microbial Symbionts (Vol. 2). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
van Minnen, L. P., & Moojen, T. M. (2015). Flexor Tendon Reconstruction. In I. A. Trail & A. N. M. Fleming (Eds.), Disorders of the Hand: Volume 2: Hand Reconstruction and Nerve Compression (pp. 75–96). London: Springer.

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
Davis, J. (2017, May 30). New Glacier Behavior That Warps The Earth’s Crust Detected. 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). Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Coordination Efforts are Underway, but Challenges Continue (No. GAO-14-154T). 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
Dusenberry, W. (2017). Integrating depth psychology in adolescent court-mandated treatment facilities: Increasing treatment efficacy and client engagement (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, 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
Poniewozik, J. (2016, September 19). When There’s Nothing Like a Good Cry. 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 (Silver 2001).
This sentence cites two references (McGhee and Phillips 2015; Silver 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (McGhee and Phillips 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Oe et al. 2013)

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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