How to format your references using the Academy of Management Learning and Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Academy of Management Learning and Education. 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
Heitman, J. 2005. Cell biology. A fungal Achilles’ heel. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5744): 2175–2176.
A journal article with 2 authors
Doherty, C. J., & Kay, S. A. 2012. Circadian surprise--it’s not all about transcription. Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6105): 338–340.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhu, A., Ding, C., & Tian, Y. 2013. A two-photon ratiometric fluorescence probe for cupric ions in live cells and tissues. Scientific Reports, 3: 2933.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Mann, N. H., Cook, A., Millard, A., Bailey, S., & Clokie, M. 2003. Marine ecosystems: bacterial photosynthesis genes in a virus. Nature, 424(6950): 741.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lieser, K. H. 2007. Nuclear and Radiochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH.
An edited book
Davidson, S., & Vallée, M.-A. (Eds.). 2016. Hermeneutics and Phenomenology in Paul Ricoeur: Between Text and Phenomenon, vol. 2. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Chagarov, E. A., & Kummel, A. C. 2010. Density Functional Theory Simulations of High-k Oxides on III-V Semiconductors. In S. Oktyabrsky & P. Ye (Eds.), Fundamentals of III-V Semiconductor MOSFETs: 93–130. Boston, MA: 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 Learning and Education.

Blog post
Taub, B. 2016, October 5. Having Sex Before Sport Doesn’t Affect Performance, Study Finds. 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. 1993. TQM Implementation at NASA. no. GGD-93-28R, 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
Yanez, A. M. 2010. Chicano and Black radical activism of the 1960s: A comparison between the Brown Berets and the Black Panther Party in California. Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, 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
Brantley, B. 2016, December 9. Strangers Arrive, and the Desert Blooms. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Heitman, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Doherty & Kay, 2012; Heitman, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Doherty & Kay, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Zhu, Ding, & Tian, 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Mann, Cook, Millard, Bailey, & Clokie, 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleAcademy of Management Learning and Education
AbbreviationAcad. Manag. Learn. Educ.
ISSN (print)1537-260X
ISSN (online)1944-9585
ScopeOrganizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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