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
Willems, P. A. 2009. The biofuels landscape through the lens of industrial chemistry. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5941): 707–708.
A journal article with 2 authors
Karp, X., & Ambros, V. 2005. Developmental biology. Encountering microRNAs in cell fate signaling. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5752): 1288–1289.
A journal article with 3 authors
Culler, S. J., Hoff, K. G., & Smolke, C. D. 2010. Reprogramming cellular behavior with RNA controllers responsive to endogenous proteins. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6008): 1251–1255.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Zuo, J. M., Vartanyants, I., Gao, M., Zhang, R., & Nagahara, L. A. 2003. Atomic resolution imaging of a carbon nanotube from diffraction intensities. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5624): 1419–1421.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hyatt, T. K., & Hopkins, B. R. 2013. The Law of Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Marian Scott, E., Alekseev, A. Y., & Zaitseva, G. (Eds.). 2005. Impact of the Environment on Human Migration in Eurasia, vol. 42. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Jeffries, N. 2009. A Biography of a Stoneware Ginger Beer Bottle: The Biucchi Brothers and the Ticinese Community in Nineteenth-Century London. In C. White (Ed.), The Materiality of Individuality: Archaeological Studies of Individual Lives: 57–74. New York, NY: Springer US.

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
Carpineti, A. 2016, July 8. Canyons Offer New Explanations For Water On Mars. 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. 1992. Federal Research: Small Business Innovation Research Program Shows Success But Can Be Strengthened. no. T-RCED-92-32, 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
Hernandez, K. 2015. Life skills education for at-risk youth at Soledad Enrichment Action Charter High School: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Gustines, G. G., & Kepler, A. W. 2011, October 1. Not All Superheroes Are Equal (At Least the Second Time Around). New York Times, C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Willems, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Karp & Ambros, 2005; Willems, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Karp & Ambros, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Culler, Hoff, & Smolke, 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zuo, Vartanyants, Gao, Zhang, & Nagahara, 2003)

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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