How to format your references using the The Accounting Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Accounting Review. 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
Lawler, A. 2000. ASIAN-AMERICAN SCIENTISTS: New Breed of Protester Asks: Why Not Us? Science (New York, N.Y.) 290 (5494): 1075.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hannisdal, B., and S. E. Peters. 2011. Phanerozoic Earth system evolution and marine biodiversity. Science (New York, N.Y.) 334 (6059): 1121–1124.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lin, X., C. M. Hull, and J. Heitman. 2005. Sexual reproduction between partners of the same mating type in Cryptococcus neoformans. Nature 434 (7036): 1017–1021.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Bermudez, V., V., N. Capron, T. Gase, F. G. Gatti, F. Kajzar, D. A. Leigh, F. Zerbetto, and S. Zhang. 2000. Influencing intramolecular motion with an alternating electric field. Nature 406 (6796): 608–611.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dean, J. R. 2005. Practical Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectroscopy: Dean/Plasma. Analytical Techniques in the Sciences. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Garcia, E. 2015. Regulated Open Multi-Agent Systems (ROMAS): A Multi-Agent Approach for Designing Normative Open Systems. Ed. A. Giret and V. Botti. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Nagata, T., M. Takimoto, and Y. Kambayashi. 2013. Cooperatively Searching Objects Based on Mobile Agents. In Transactions on Computational Collective Intelligence XI, edited by N. T. Nguyen, 119–136. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 The Accounting Review.

Blog post
Carpineti, C. 2017. Watch How These Elephants Respond To A Swarm Of Bees. 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. 1994. Transportation Infrastructure: Benefits of Traffic Control Signal Systems Are Not Being Fully Realized. 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
Garcia, M. 2015. College preparedness program for high school students in South Los Angeles, California: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Johnson, G. 2015. In Chernobyl, Life Finds a Way. New York Times, November 24.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lawler 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Lawler 2000; Hannisdal and Peters 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Hannisdal and Peters 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Bermudez et al. 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleThe Accounting Review
ISSN (print)0001-4826
ISSN (online)1558-7967
Economics and Econometrics

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