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
Blázquez, M. A. 2005. Plant science. The right time and place for making flowers. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5737): 1024–1025.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sawa, A., & Snyder, S. H. 2005. Genetics. Two genes link two distinct psychoses. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5751): 1128–1129.
A journal article with 3 authors
Azzam, N. A., Hallenbeck, J. M., & Kachar, B. 2000. Membrane changes during hibernation. Nature, 407(6802): 317–318.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Kipp, L., Skibowski, M., Johnson, R. L., Berndt, R., Adelung, R., et al. 2001. Sharper images by focusing soft X-rays with photon sieves. Nature, 414(6860): 184–188.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Maidl, B., Thewes, M., & Maidl, U. 2014. Handbook of Tunnel Engineering II. D-69451 Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH.
An edited book
Dubois, E., & Pohl, K. (Eds.). 2006. Advanced Information Systems Engineering: 18th International Conference, CAiSE 2006, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, June 5-9, 2006. Proceedings, vol. 4001. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Vrolijk, M. A. 2016. Immigration Detention and Non-removability Before the European Court of Human Rights. In M. J. Guia, R. Koulish, & V. Mitsilegas (Eds.), Immigration Detention, Risk and Human Rights: Studies on Immigration and Crime: 47–72. 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
Andrew, D. 2016, August 8. Memory And Sense Of Self May Play More Of A Role In Autism Than We Thought. 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. Highway Public-Private Partnerships: More Rigorous Up-Front Analysis Could Better Secure Potential Benefits and Protect the Public Interest. no. GAO-08-1149R, 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
Beard, A. R. 2017. Absence Causation in Mechanistic Explanation. 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
Hodara, S. 2015, February 22. A Show Meant to Provoke Double Takes. New York Times, WE8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Blázquez, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Blázquez, 2005; Sawa & Snyder, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Sawa & Snyder, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Azzam, Hallenbeck, & Kachar, 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kipp et al., 2001)

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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