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
Cyranokski, D. 2004. Lack of infrastructure hampers virus monitoring. Nature, 427(6974): 472.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sutton, P. J., & Kusmartsev, F. V. 2013. Gravitational vortices and clump formation in Saturn’s F ring during an encounter with Prometheus. Scientific Reports, 3: 1276.
A journal article with 3 authors
Franke, K. J., Schulze, G., & Pascual, J. I. 2011. Competition of superconducting phenomena and Kondo screening at the nanoscale. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6032): 940–944.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Rand, D. G., Dreber, A., Ellingsen, T., Fudenberg, D., & Nowak, M. A. 2009. Positive interactions promote public cooperation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5945): 1272–1275.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zhang, P. G., & Chan, T. 2011. The Chinese Yuan. 2 Clementi Loop, #02-01, Singapore 129809: John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Gupta, S., Alt, F., Cooper, M., Melchers, F., & Rajewsky, K. (Eds.). 2007. Mechanisms of Lymphocyte Activation and Immune Regulation XI: B Cell Biology, vol. 596. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Cliffe, O., De Vos, M., & Padget, J. 2007. Answer Set Programming for Representing and Reasoning About Virtual Institutions. In K. Inoue, K. Satoh, & F. Toni (Eds.), Computational Logic in Multi-Agent Systems: 7th International Workshop, CLIMA VII, Hakodate, Japan, May 8-9, 2006, Revised Selected and Invited Papers: 60–79. 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 Academy of Management Journal.

Blog post
Luntz, S. 2017, March 14. Hubble Has Photographed A Giant Among Giants. 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. 2008. Electronic Government: Additional OMB Leadership Needed to Optimize Use of New Federal Employee Identification Cards. no. GAO-08-292, 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
Ray-Dulany, W. R. 2010. Base change for the Iwahori-Hecke algebra of GL2. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Eligon, J. 2017, January 28. Trump’s ‘Carnage’ Label Misses Complex Reality of Many Urban Areas. New York Times, A12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cyranokski, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Cyranokski, 2004; Sutton & Kusmartsev, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Sutton & Kusmartsev, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Franke, Schulze, & Pascual, 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Rand, Dreber, Ellingsen, Fudenberg, & Nowak, 2009)

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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