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
Kalil, T. 2006. Planning for US science policy in 2009. Nature 443 (7113): 751–752.
A journal article with 2 authors
Naya, Y., and W. A. Suzuki. 2011. Integrating what and when across the primate medial temporal lobe. Science (New York, N.Y.) 333 (6043): 773–776.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dicke, M., J. J. A. van Loon, and P. W. de Jong. 2004. Ecology. Ecogenomics benefits community ecology. Science (New York, N.Y.) 305 (5684): 618–619.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Murugesan, M., G. Abbineni, S. L. Nimmo, B. Cao, and C. Mao. 2013. Virus-based photo-responsive nanowires formed by linking site-directed mutagenesis and chemical reaction. Scientific reports 3: 1820.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Iosifescu, M., N. Limnios, and G. Oprişan. 2010. Introduction to Stochastic Models. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kurian, Mathew, and Patricia McCarney, eds. 2010. Peri-urban Water and Sanitation Services: Policy, Planning and Method. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Rosenkrantz, G. S. 2013. The Metaphysics of Persons. In Virtuous Thoughts: The Philosophy of Ernest Sosa, edited by J. Turri, 55–72. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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. 2014. What Would It Look Like If Saturn Approached the Earth? 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. 1970. Status, Progress, and Problems in Federal Agency Accounting 1969 Annual Report. 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
Lucas, M. A. 2017. Bridging the Gap Between Schools and Families Through Teacher Home Visits. Doctoral dissertation, St. Charles, MO: Lindenwood 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
Chira, S. 2015. America’s Tea Culture Blossoms. New York Times, May 4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kalil 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Kalil 2006; Naya and Suzuki 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Naya and Suzuki 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Murugesan et al. 2013)

About the journal

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

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