How to format your references using the Information & Management citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Information & Management. 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
M. Bobrow, Funders must encourage scientists to share, Nature. 522 (2015) 129.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. Forster, C. Renfrew, Evolution. Mother tongue and Y chromosomes, Science. 333 (2011) 1390–1391.
A journal article with 3 authors
W.F. Bottke, D. Vokrouhlický, D. Nesvorný, An asteroid breakup 160 Myr ago as the probable source of the K/T impactor, Nature. 449 (2007) 48–53.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Zhao, Y. Zhu, A. Morinibu, M. Kobayashi, K. Shinomiya, S. Itasaka, M. Yoshimura, G. Guo, M. Hiraoka, H. Harada, HIF-1-mediated metabolic reprogramming reduces ROS levels and facilitates the metastatic colonization of cancers in lungs, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 3793.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T.N. Corns, A History of Seventeenth-Century English Literature, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2008.
An edited book
B. Werse, C. Bernard, eds., Friendly Business: International Views on Social Supply, Self-Supply and Small-Scale Drug Dealing, Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Wang, D. Agrawal, A. El Abbadi, A Comprehensive Framework for Secure Query Processing on Relational Data in the Cloud, in: W. Jonker, M. Petković (Eds.), Secure Data Management: 8th VLDB Workshop, SDM 2011, Seattle, WA, USA, September 2, 2011, Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011: pp. 52–69.

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 Information & Management.

Blog post
S. Luntz, The Pentagon Has A Zombie Apocalypse Emergency Plan, IFLScience. (2014). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children: Federal Support for Developing Language and Literacy, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2011.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
A.M. Dilenschneider, Refusing to be put aside: Women and the meaning of betrayal, Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2010.

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
B. Brantley, Theater; The Last Days To Catch a Comet, New York Times. (2017) AR2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleInformation & Management
ISSN (print)0378-7206
ScopeManagement Information Systems
Information Systems
Information Systems and Management

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