How to format your references using the Academy of Management Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Academy of Management Journal. 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
Sarewitz, D. 2012. Blue-sky bias should be brought down to Earth. Nature, 481(7379): 7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Liang, B. A., & Mackey, T. 2010. Health care policy. Reforming off-label promotion to enhance orphan disease treatment. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5963): 273–274.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chin, G., Marathe, T., & Roberts, L. 2011. Population. Doom or vroom? Introduction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6042): 538–539.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Johll, H., Lee, M. D. K., Ng, S. P. N., Kang, H. C., & Tok, E. S. 2014. Influence of interconfigurational electronic States On Fe, Co, Ni-silicene materials selection for spintronics. Scientific Reports, 4: 7594.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cauvin, C., Escobar, F., & Serradj, A. 2010. New Approaches in Thematic Cartography. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Warren, J.-D. 2011. Arduino Robotics. (J. Adams & H. Molle, Eds.). Berkeley, CA: Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Kamran, S., & Jazayeri, M. 2015. Dynamic Content and User Identification in Social Semantic Tagging Systems. In Y. Luo (Ed.), Cooperative Design, Visualization, and Engineering: 12th International Conference, CDVE 2015, Mallorca, Spain, September 20-23, 2015. Proceedings: 36–47. Cham: 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 Academy of Management Journal.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. 2015, September 29. New Sunken Treasure Discovered In The Ancient Antikythera Shipwreck. 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. 1994. Amtrak: Financial Condition Has Deteriorated and Future Costs Make Recovery Difficult. no. T-RCED-94-155, 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
Lowrance, T. L. 2017. Exploring the Four Modes of Organizational Forgetting in an Organization Post Acquisition. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Rothenberg, B. 2017, June 21. Tennis; Azarenka Returns With a Victory. New York Times, B14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sarewitz, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Liang & Mackey, 2010; Sarewitz, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Liang & Mackey, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Chin, Marathe, & Roberts, 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Johll, Lee, Ng, Kang, & Tok, 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleAcademy of Management Journal
AbbreviationAcad. Manage. J.
ISSN (print)0001-4273
ISSN (online)1948-0989
ScopeGeneral Business, Management and Accounting
Business and International Management
Management of Technology and Innovation
Strategy and Management

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