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
Greene, M. 2001. A tool, not a tyrant. Nature 410 (6831): 875.
A journal article with 2 authors
Franchi, L., and G. Núñez. 2012. Immunology. Orchestrating inflammasomes. Science (New York, N.Y.) 337 (6100): 1299–1300.
A journal article with 3 authors
Guo, F.-Q., M. Okamoto, and N. M. Crawford. 2003. Identification of a plant nitric oxide synthase gene involved in hormonal signaling. Science (New York, N.Y.) 302 (5642): 100–103.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Gally, C., S. Eimer, J. E. Richmond, and J.-L. Bessereau. 2004. A transmembrane protein required for acetylcholine receptor clustering in Caenorhabditis elegans. Nature 431 (7008): 578–582.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rodda, H. J. E., and M. A. Little. 2015. Understanding Mathematical and Statistical Techniques in Hydrology. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Bellur, Venkatakrishna V., ed. 2015. The 1980’s: A Decade of Marketing Challenges: Proceedings of the 1981 Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) Annual Conference. Developments in Marketing Science: Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Stuedi, P., M. Bihr, A. Remund, and G. Alonso. 2007. SIPHoc: Efficient SIP Middleware for Ad Hoc Networks. In Middleware 2007: ACM/IFIP/USENIX 8th International Middleware Conference, Newport Beach, CA, USA, November 26-30, 2007. Proceedings, edited by R. Cerqueira and R. H. Campbell, 60–79. 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
Andrews, R. 2016. Scientists Say We Shouldn’t Resurrect Prehistoric Beasts From Beyond The Grave. 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. 2014. Federal Student Loans: Oversight of Defaulted Loan Rehabilitation Needs Strengthening. 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
Collins, L. 2009. A community risk assessment of the 90062 zip code. 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
O’connor, G. 2017. All at Sea. New York Times, June 16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Greene 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Greene 2001; Franchi and Núñez 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Franchi and Núñez 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Gally et al. 2004)

About the journal

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

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