How to format your references using the Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ETP). 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
Sykes, M. V. (2008). Planetary science. The planet debate continues. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5871), 1765.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wigley, T. M., & Raper, S. C. (2001). Interpretation of high projections for global-mean warming. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5529), 451–454.
A journal article with 3 authors
Soung, Y. H., Pruitt, K., & Chung, J. (2014). Epigenetic silencing of ARRDC3 expression in basal-like breast cancer cells. Scientific Reports, 4, 3846.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
López-Bueno, A., Tamames, J., Velázquez, D., Moya, A., Quesada, A., & Alcamí, A. (2009). High diversity of the viral community from an Antarctic lake. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5954), 858–861.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Smith, G. S. (2013). Straight to the Top. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Giannakopoulou, D., & Méry, D. (Eds.). (2012). FM 2012: Formal Methods: 18th International Symposium, Paris, France, August 27-31, 2012. Proceedings (Vol. 7436). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Mishra, P. K., Singh, K., & Baruntar, S. (2012). ID-Based Threshold Signcryption and Group Unsigncryption. In S. M. Thampi, A. Y. Zomaya, T. Strufe, J. M. Alcaraz Calero, & T. Thomas (Eds.), Recent Trends in Computer Networks and Distributed Systems Security: International Conference, SNDS 2012, Trivandrum, India, October 11-12, 2012. Proceedings (pp. 35–44). 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 Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Blog post
Carpineti, C. (2017, May 17). New Test Spots Glaucoma Years Before Conventional Tests. 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. (1989). Tactical Airlift: Issues Concerning Air Force Plans for Pacific Distribution System (NSIAD-89-81). 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
Boerner, C. L. (2013). The organizational culture and leadership values that impact Native American water utility organizations [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine University.

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
Cooper, M. (2017, October 17). Fixing Geffen Hall? Ask Ohio. 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 (Sykes, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Sykes, 2008; Wigley & Raper, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Wigley & Raper, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Soung et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (López-Bueno et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice
AbbreviationEntrep.. Theory Pr.
ISSN (print)1042-2587
ISSN (online)1540-6520
ScopeBusiness and International Management
Economics and Econometrics

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