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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The British 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Levin, G. V. (2001). O2- ions and the Mars labeled release response. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5511), 2041.
A journal article with 2 authors
He, W., & Ren, T. (2013). Basilar membrane vibration is not involved in the reverse propagation of otoacoustic emissions. Scientific Reports, 3, 1874.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ben-David, O., Rubinstein, S. M., & Fineberg, J. (2010). Slip-stick and the evolution of frictional strength. Nature, 463(7277), 76–79.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yonemitsu, T., Kuroki, C., Takahashi, N., Mori, Y., Kanmura, Y., Kashiwadani, H., … Kuwaki, T. (2013). TRPA1 detects environmental chemicals and induces avoidance behavior and arousal from sleep. Scientific Reports, 3, 3100.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anderson, D. (2007). TKO Hiring! Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bella, S. D. (2005). The Science of the Individual: Leibniz’s Ontology of Individual Substance. (E. Bencivenga, D. Berthold-Bond, W. J. Earle, A. Ferguson, & D. Lloyd, Eds.) (Vol. 6). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Naeem, M. A., Dobbie, G., & Weber, G. (2011). X-HYBRIDJOIN for Near-Real-Time Data Warehousing. In A. A. A. Fernandes, A. J. G. Gray, & K. Belhajjame (Eds.), Advances in Databases: 28th British National Conference on Databases, BNCOD 28, Manchester, UK, July 12-14, 2011, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 33–47). 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 British Accounting Review.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, August 12). Schrödinger’s Cat: Explained. Retrieved October 30, 2018, fromödinger’s-cat-explained/


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. (2011). Department of Energy: Advanced Technology Vehicle Loan Program Implementation Is Under Way, but Enhanced Technical Oversight and Performance Measures Are Needed (No. GAO-11-145). 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
Weitkunat, S. (2015). Facies and Log Analysis of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (Doctoral dissertation). University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

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
Hubbard, B. (2016, September 27). Decline in Oil Prices Lands on Government Workers as Saudi Arabia Cuts Paychecks. New York Times, p. A6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Levin, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (He & Ren, 2013; Levin, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (He & Ren, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Ben-David, Rubinstein, & Fineberg, 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Yonemitsu et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleThe British Accounting Review
ISSN (print)0890-8389

Other styles