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
Insel, T. R. 2007. Neuroscience. Shining light on depression. Science (New York, N.Y.) 317 (5839): 757–758.
A journal article with 2 authors
Furey, T. S., and P. Sethupathy. 2013. Genetics. Genetics driving epigenetics. Science (New York, N.Y.) 342 (6159): 705–706.
A journal article with 3 authors
Downs, J. A., M. C. Nussenzweig, and A. Nussenzweig. 2007. Chromatin dynamics and the preservation of genetic information. Nature 447 (7147): 951–958.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Schulman, B. A., A. C. Carrano, P. D. Jeffrey, Z. Bowen, E. R. Kinnucan, M. S. Finnin, S. J. Elledge, J. W. Harper, M. Pagano, and N. P. Pavletich. 2000. Insights into SCF ubiquitin ligases from the structure of the Skp1-Skp2 complex. Nature 408 (6810): 381–386.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tjong, S. C. 2012. Polymer Composites with Carbonaceous Nanofillers. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Gao, Fei, Kuangyu Shi, and Shuo Li, eds. 2015. Computational Methods for Molecular Imaging. Vol. 22. Lecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanics. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Shin, I., M. Kim, and H. Choo. 2008. On Generating Backbone Trees through Robust Multi-hop Clusters in Wireless Sensor Networks. In Computer-Human Interaction: 8th Asia-Pacific Conference, APCHI 2008 Seoul, Korea, July 6-9, 2008 Proceedings, edited by S. Lee, H. Choo, S. Ha, and I. C. Shin, 30–39. 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
Andrew, E. 2015. How An Undergraduate Discovered Tubes Of Plasma In The Sky. 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. 2004. Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellites: Information on Program Cost and Schedule Changes. 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
Duran, P. E. 2010. Factors and prevention strategies to fight childhood obesity. 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
(nyt), S. K. 2003. World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Opposition Fails To Topple Premier. New York Times, June 19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Insel 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Insel 2007; Furey and Sethupathy 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Furey and Sethupathy 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Schulman 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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