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
Lu, K. (2014). Nanomaterials. Making strong nanomaterials ductile with gradients. Science (New York, N.Y.), 345(6203), 1455–1456.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zeng, L., & Song, R. (2013). Controlling chloride ions diffusion in concrete. Scientific Reports, 3, 3359.
A journal article with 3 authors
McNally, A., Prier, C. K., & MacMillan, D. W. C. (2011). Discovery of an α-amino C-H arylation reaction using the strategy of accelerated serendipity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6059), 1114–1117.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Brown, C. E., Howe, L., Sousa, K., Alley, S. C., Carrozza, M. J., Tan, S., & Workman, J. L. (2001). Recruitment of HAT complexes by direct activator interactions with the ATM-related Tra1 subunit. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5525), 2333–2337.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kupka, H. J. (2010). Transitions in Molecular Systems. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Hou, Z. (Ed.). (2012). Measuring Technology and Mechatronics Automation in Electrical Engineering (Vol. 135). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Rebeiro, C., Mukhopadhyay, D., & Bhattacharya, S. (2015). Advanced Time-Driven Cache Attacks on Block Ciphers. In D. Mukhopadhyay & S. Bhattacharya (Eds.), Timing Channels in Cryptography: A Micro-Architectural Perspective (pp. 71–80). Springer International Publishing.

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
Carpineti, A. (2016, June 20). There’s Going To Be A Rare “Strawberry Moon” Tonight. 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. (2001). Mass Transit: Many Management Successes at WMATA, but Capital Planning Could Be Enhanced (GAO-01-744). 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
Rosales, J. K. (2009). California’s three strikes law: A policy analysis [Doctoral dissertation]. 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
Pennington, B. (2016, December 21). After the Heisman, a Long, Lonely Slide. New York Times, B8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lu, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Lu, 2014; Zeng & Song, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Zeng & Song, 2013)
  • Three authors: (McNally et al., 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Brown et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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