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
Johns, A. (2001). The birth of scientific reading. Nature, 409(6818), 287.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jones, P. A., & Takai, D. (2001). The role of DNA methylation in mammalian epigenetics. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5532), 1068–1070.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mansouri, F. A., Buckley, M. J., & Tanaka, K. (2007). Mnemonic function of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in conflict-induced behavioral adjustment. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5852), 987–990.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kalchenko, V., Israeli, D., Kuznetsov, Y., & Harmelin, A. (2014). Transcranial optical vascular imaging (TOVI) of cortical hemodynamics in mouse brain. Scientific Reports, 4, 5839.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kazimierczuk, M. K. (2014). RF Power Amplifiers. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Curran, R., Chou, S.-Y., & Trappey, A. (Eds.). (2008). Collaborative Product and Service Life Cycle Management for a Sustainable World: Proceedings of the 15th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering (CE2008). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Wijesundara, M. B. J., & Azevedo, R. G. (2011). Packaging. In R. Azevedo (Ed.), Silicon Carbide Microsystems for Harsh Environments (pp. 167–188). 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 Revista de Contabilidad.

Blog post
Carpineti, C. (2017, February 15). Why Do Some Men Go Bald And Others Don’t? 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. (1985). President’s Sixth Special Message for Fiscal Year 1985 (OGC-85-7). 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
Davis, T. E. (2010). Sedimentation solutions for the Port of Gulfport, MS [Doctoral dissertation]. Mississippi State 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
Novick, S. M. (2016, January 31). Cocktails to Take Off the Chill. New York Times, LI10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Johns, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Johns, 2001; Jones & Takai, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Jones & Takai, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Mansouri et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kalchenko et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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