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
Skinner, J. L. 2010. Chemistry. Following the motions of water molecules in aqueous solutions. Science (New York, N.Y.) 328 (5981): 985–986.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dalton, R., and A. Abbott. 2000. Hawaii reaches for the stars with astronomy master plan. Nature 405 (6789): 872.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sillanpää, M. A., J. I. Park, and R. W. Simmonds. 2007. Coherent quantum state storage and transfer between two phase qubits via a resonant cavity. Nature 449 (7161): 438–442.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Mallucci, G., A. Dickinson, J. Linehan, P.-C. Klöhn, S. Brandner, and J. Collinge. 2003. Depleting neuronal PrP in prion infection prevents disease and reverses spongiosis. Science (New York, N.Y.) 302 (5646): 871–874.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Misra, S., and S. Goswami. 2017. Network Routing. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Kamrani, Ali K., and Emad S. Abouel Nasr, eds. 2008. Collaborative Engineering: Theory and Practice. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Van Landeghem, H. 2009. Pharmaceutical Distribution Network. In Simulation-Based Case Studies in Logistics: Education and Applied Research, edited by Y. Merkuryev, G. Merkuryeva, M. À. Piera, and A. Guasch, 49–64. 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 The Accounting Review.

Blog post
Fang, J. 2014. Successful Spider Cities Require Just the Right Mix of Females. 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. 2016. Social Security Offsets: Improvements to Program Design Could Better Assist Older Student Loan Borrowers with Obtaining Permitted Relief. 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
Bermudez, D. 2008. The effects of Hispanic parent-adolescent biculturalism disparity on male adolescent delinquency. Doctoral dissertation, Washington, DC: George Washington 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
Leland, J. 2017. Picking Fights, Dropping Names. New York Times, March 17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Skinner 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Skinner 2010; Dalton and Abbott 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Dalton and Abbott 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Mallucci et al. 2003)

About the journal

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

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