How to format your references using the Information Systems citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Information Systems. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
D.G. Victor, Climate change: Embed the social sciences in climate policy, Nature. 520 (2015) 27–29.
A journal article with 2 authors
T.P. Curtis, W.T. Sloan, Microbiology. Exploring microbial diversity--a vast below, Science. 309 (2005) 1331–1333.
A journal article with 3 authors
E.B. Ford, S. Seager, E.L. Turner, Characterization of extrasolar terrestrial planets from diurnal photometric variability, Nature. 412 (2001) 885–887.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
P.S. Ray, J. Jia, P. Yao, M. Majumder, M. Hatzoglou, P.L. Fox, A stress-responsive RNA switch regulates VEGFA expression, Nature. 457 (2009) 915–919.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S. Goddard Blythe, Assessing Neuromotor Readiness for Learning, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2012.
An edited book
M. Canepari, D. Zecevic, eds., Membrane Potential Imaging in the Nervous System: Methods and Applications, Springer, New York, NY, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
B. Aman, G. Ciobanu, Mobility Types for Cloud Computing, in: R. Horne (Ed.), Embracing Global Computing in Emerging Economies: First Workshop, EGC 2015, Almaty, Kazakhstan, February 26-28, 2015. Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 43–53.

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 Systems.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Earliest Stars 150 Million Years Older Than Previously Believed, IFLScience. (2015).


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, ADP, IRM & Telecommunications, 1985, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Y.M. Djajalaksana, A National Survey of Instructional Strategies Used to Teach Information Systems Courses: An Exploratory Investigation, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 2011.

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. Sisario, Ariana Grande To Perform Benefit, New York Times. (2017) C3.

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 Systems
AbbreviationInf. Syst.
ISSN (print)0306-4379
ScopeHardware and Architecture
Information Systems

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