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
Cattaneo, A. 2015. Astrophysics: The slow death of red galaxies. Nature, 521(7551): 164–165.
A journal article with 2 authors
Panthi, D., & Tsutsumi, A. 2014. Micro-tubular solid oxide fuel cell based on a porous yttria-stabilized zirconia support. Scientific Reports, 4: 5754.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rozin, P., Haidt, J., & Fincher, K. 2009. Psychology. From oral to moral. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5918): 1179–1180.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Sasaki, S., Nakamura, K., Hamabe, Y., Kurahashi, E., & Hiroi, T. 2001. Production of iron nanoparticles by laser irradiation in a simulation of lunar-like space weathering. Nature, 410(6828): 555–557.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Adhikari, S. 2013. Structural Dynamic Analysis with Generalized Damping Models. Hoboken, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Dornfeld, D. A. (Ed.). 2013. Green Manufacturing: Fundamentals and Applications. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Mancarella, P., & Toni, F. 2012. Semi-negative Abductive Logic Programs with Implicative Integrity Constraints: Semantics and Properties. In A. Artikis, R. Craven, N. Kesim Çiçekli, B. Sadighi, & K. Stathis (Eds.), Logic Programs, Norms and Action: Essays in Honor of Marek J. Sergot on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday: 33–51. 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. 2016, June 1. Crop Records Reveal Madagascar And Comoros Were Settled From Southeast Asia. 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. 1991. Tax System Modernization: Status of On-Line Files Initiative and Telecommunications Planning. no. IMTEC-91-41FS, 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
Gwaduri, E. 2009. A personal narrative: Struggles and experiences of acculturation as a Pakistani Shia Muslim while battling immigration. 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
Walsh, M. W. 2015, July 24. A Tangle of Rulings for Pension Cuts. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cattaneo, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Cattaneo, 2015; Panthi & Tsutsumi, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Panthi & Tsutsumi, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Rozin, Haidt, & Fincher, 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Sasaki, Nakamura, Hamabe, Kurahashi, & Hiroi, 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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