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
Crocker, J. C. (2010). Materials science. Turning away from high symmetry. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5965), 535–536.
A journal article with 2 authors
Miller, A. N., & Long, S. B. (2012). Crystal structure of the human two-pore domain potassium channel K2P1. Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6067), 432–436.
A journal article with 3 authors
Horsewill, A. J., Jones, N. H., & Caciuffo, R. (2001). Evidence for coherent proton tunneling in a hydrogen bond network. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5501), 100–103.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mason, D. R., Menabde, S. G., Yu, S., & Park, N. (2014). Plasmonic excitations of 1D metal-dielectric interfaces in 2D systems: 1D surface plasmon polaritons. Scientific Reports, 4, 4536.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Goldstein, L. S. B., & Schneider, M. (2010). Stem Cells for Dummies®. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Satapathy, S. C., Udgata, S. K., & Biswal, B. N. (Eds.). (2014). Proceedings of the International Conference on Frontiers of Intelligent Computing: Theory and Applications (FICTA) 2013 (Vol. 247). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Matanović, D., Čikeš, M., & Moslavac, B. (2012). Chemical Consolidation. In M. Cikes & B. Moslavac (Eds.), Sand Control in Well Construction and Operation (pp. 85–94). 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
Luntz, S. (2014, November 18). New Study Suggests Genetic Link To Homosexuality. 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. (1978). Use of Minicomputers for Internal Revenue Service Tax Return Preparation (No. 107397). 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
Vlajic, N. A. (2014). Dynamics of slender, flexible structures (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Kelly, K., & Bray, C. (2017, April 10). Held to Account. New York Times, p. B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Crocker, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Crocker, 2010; Miller & Long, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Miller & Long, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Horsewill, Jones, & Caciuffo, 2001)
  • 4 or more authors: (Mason et al., 2014)

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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