How to format your references using the Revista de Contabilidad citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Revista de Contabilidad. 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
Balter, M. (2000). SPONGIFORM DISEASE: Experts Downplay New vCJD Fears. Science (New York, N.Y.), 289(5485), 1663b–1666b.
A journal article with 2 authors
Talapin, D. V., & Murray, C. B. (2005). PbSe nanocrystal solids for n- and p-channel thin film field-effect transistors. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5745), 86–89.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tarchini, B., Duboule, D., & Kmita, M. (2006). Regulatory constraints in the evolution of the tetrapod limb anterior-posterior polarity. Nature, 443(7114), 985–988.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Guan, X., Liu, L., Lei, X., Zu, X., Li, Y., Chen, M., Wang, L., & Qi, L. (2014). A comparative study of fast-track versus [corrected] conventional surgery in patients undergoing laparoscopic radical cystectomy and ileal conduit diversion: Chinese experience. Scientific Reports, 4, 6820.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kölle, W. (2017). Wasseranalysen - richtig beurteilt. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Asson-Batres, M. A., & Rochette-Egly, C. (Eds.). (2014). The Biochemistry of Retinoic Acid Receptors I: Structure, Activation, and Function at the Molecular Level (Vol. 70). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Luu, V.-T., Ripken, M., Forestier, G., Fondement, F., & Muller, P.-A. (2016). Using Glocal Event Alignment for Comparing Sequences of Significantly Different Lengths. In P. Perner (Ed.), Machine Learning and Data Mining in Pattern Recognition: 12th International Conference, MLDM 2016, New York, NY, USA, July 16-21, 2016, Proceedings (pp. 58–72). 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 Revista de Contabilidad.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, March 24). Lung Cancer Vaccine Development Regains Hope. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1979). Honeywell Computer Equipment Supplied to DOD (B-163074). 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
Himschoot, A. R. (2012). Student perception of relevance of biology content to everyday life: A study in higher education biology courses [Doctoral dissertation]. Capella University.

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
Vecsey, G. (2016, June 11). A Hockey Luminary Glowed With Modesty. New York Times, D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Balter, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Balter, 2000; Talapin & Murray, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Talapin & Murray, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Tarchini et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Guan et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleRevista de Contabilidad
ISSN (print)1138-4891

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