How to format your references using the Information Systems Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Information Systems Journal (ISJ). 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
Blair, H. T. (2014) Neuroscience. Charting the islands of memory Science (New York, N.Y.), 343, 846–847.
A journal article with 2 authors
Piou, T. & Rovis, T. (2015) Rhodium-catalysed syn-carboamination of alkenes via a transient directing group Nature, 527, 86–90.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chen, W., Shimada, S., & Tanaka, M. (2002) Synthesis and structure of formally hexavalent palladium complexes Science (New York, N.Y.), 295, 308–310.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, Z., Benoit, G., Liu, J., … Perlmann, T. (2003) Structure and function of Nurr1 identifies a class of ligand-independent nuclear receptors Nature, 423, 555–560.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chase, C. W., Jr. (2013) Demand-Driven Forecasting. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Courneya, K. S. & Friedenreich, C. M. (2011) Physical Activity and Cancer Vol. 186. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Wenige, L. & Ruhland, J. (2016) Flexible On-the-Fly Recommendations from Linked Open Data Repositories In: Business Information Systems: 19th International Conference, BIS 2016, Leipzig, Germany, July, 6-8, 2016, Proceedings, W. Abramowicz, R. Alt, & B. Franczyk (eds.) pp. 43–54. Springer International Publishing, Cham.

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 Journal.

Blog post
Evans, K. (2017, March 1) Amateur Treasure Hunters Find UK’s Oldest Iron Age Gold. Retrieved 30 October 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 (2010) Technology Assessment: Explosives Detection Technologies to Protect Passenger Rail (No. GAO-10-898). 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
Razzaghi, M. (2013) Quantum Tunneling in Hydride Transfer Reactions in Solution (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Risen, J. & Risen, T. (2017, June 22) Donald Trump Does His Best Joe McCarthy New York Times, p. SR2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Blair, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Blair, 2014; Piou & Rovis, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Piou & Rovis, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang and others, 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleInformation Systems Journal
AbbreviationInf. Syst. J.
ISSN (print)1350-1917
ISSN (online)1365-2575
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications
Information Systems

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