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
Stone, A. J. (2008). Intermolecular potentials. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5890), 787–789.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kleckner, D., & Bouwmeester, D. (2006). Sub-kelvin optical cooling of a micromechanical resonator. Nature, 444(7115), 75–78.
A journal article with 3 authors
Papp, B., Pál, C., & Hurst, L. D. (2003). Dosage sensitivity and the evolution of gene families in yeast. Nature, 424(6945), 194–197.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Gresham, D., Ruderfer, D. M., Pratt, S. C., Schacherer, J., Dunham, M. J., Botstein, D., & Kruglyak, L. (2006). Genome-wide detection of polymorphisms at nucleotide resolution with a single DNA microarray. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5769), 1932–1936.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fu, F. (2015). Advanced Modelling Techniques in Structural Design. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Koubaa, A. (Ed.). (2016). Robot Operating System (ROS): The Complete Reference (Volume 1) (1st ed. 2016., Vol. 625). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Srivastava, A., & Klassen, E. P. (2016). Functional Data and Elastic Registration. In E. P. Klassen (Ed.), Functional and Shape Data Analysis (pp. 73–123). New York, NY: 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
Evans, K. (2017, February 28). Germany Bans Meat At Official Functions In Step Towards Offsetting Carbon Footprint. 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. (1980). Federal Agency Roles and Responsibilities for Emergency Communications Need Clarification (No. LCD-80-91). 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
Kolakoski, M. (2013). The appeal to be heard and the trope of listening in classic film and African American literature (Doctoral dissertation). University of Arizona, Tucson, 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
Kanter, J., Kramer, A. E., & Reed, S. (2017, March 13). Gazprom Makes Concessions to E.U., Defusing an Antitrust Standoff. New York Times, p. B4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stone 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Kleckner and Bouwmeester 2006; Stone 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Kleckner and Bouwmeester 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Gresham et al. 2006)

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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