How to format your references using the Family Business Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Family Business Review (FBR). 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
Taylor, T. (2001). Explanatory tyranny. Nature, 411(6836), 419.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pomerantz, R. T., & O’Donnell, M. (2008). The replisome uses mRNA as a primer after colliding with RNA polymerase. Nature, 456(7223), 762–766.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nazin, G. V., Qiu, X. H., & Ho, W. (2003). Visualization and spectroscopy of a metal-molecule-metal bridge. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5642), 77–81.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ding, S., Ye, R., Zhang, D., Sun, X., Zhou, H., McCutchan, T. F., & Pan, W. (2013). Anti-folate combination therapies and their effect on the development of drug resistance in Plasmodium vivax. Scientific Reports, 3, 1008.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bragg, S. M. (2010). The New CFO Financial Leadership Manual. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Venkateswar, S., & Bandyopadhyay, S. (Eds.). (2016). Globalisation and the Challenges of Development in Contemporary India (1st ed. 2016). Singapore: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Aumüller, M., & Dietzfelbinger, M. (2013). Optimal Partitioning for Dual Pivot Quicksort. In F. V. Fomin, R. Freivalds, M. Kwiatkowska, & D. Peleg (Eds.), Automata, Languages, and Programming: 40th International Colloquium, ICALP 2013, Riga, Latvia, July 8-12, 2013, Proceedings, Part I (pp. 33–44). 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 Family Business Review.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, October 8). Is It OK To Chew Or Crush Your Medicine? Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1981). The Federal Interest in Legislative-Administrative Relations in the States (No. 114840). 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
Samel, C. (2014). Imagination and negotiation: Motivations for Cambodian women to marry Cambodian American men (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
McKINLEY, J. C., Jr. (2017, July 13). Driver in Deadly Times Square Crash Is Charged With Murder. New York Times, p. A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Taylor, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Pomerantz & O’Donnell, 2008; Taylor, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Pomerantz & O’Donnell, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Nazin, Qiu, & Ho, 2003)
  • 4 or more authors: (Ding et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleFamily Business Review
AbbreviationFam. Bus. Rev.
ISSN (print)0894-4865
ISSN (online)1741-6248
ScopeBusiness, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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