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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Business Review. 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
Bonetta, L. (2010). Protein-protein interactions: Tools for the search. Nature, 468(7325), 852.
A journal article with 2 authors
Park, C. Y., & Dolmetsch, R. (2006). Cell signaling. The double life of a transcription factor takes it outside the nucleus. Science (New York, N.Y.), 314(5796), 64–65.
A journal article with 3 authors
Morgan, J. L. W., Strumillo, J., & Zimmer, J. (2013). Crystallographic snapshot of cellulose synthesis and membrane translocation. Nature, 493(7431), 181–186.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Almeida, M. P., de Melo, F., Hor-Meyll, M., Salles, A., Walborn, S. P., Ribeiro, P. H. S., & Davidovich, L. (2007). Environment-induced sudden death of entanglement. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5824), 579–582.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Le Chevalier, F., Lesselier, D., & Staraj, R. (2011). Non-standard Antennas. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Eskin, E., & Workman, C. (Eds.). (2005). Regulatory Genomics: RECOMB 2004 International Workshop, RRG 2004, San Diego, Ca, USA, March 26-27, 2004, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 3318). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Donelli, A., Massa, A., Oliveri, G., Pastorino, M., & Randazzo, A. (2010). The Use of Differential Evolution for the Solution of Electromagnetic Inverse Scattering Problems. In A. Qing & C. K. Lee (Eds.), Differential Evolution in Electromagnetics (pp. 107–131). 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 International Business Review.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, July 2). Tesla Batteries Might Power Your Home But Stored Fuels Will Still Run the Country. 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. (2003). Pipeline Safety: Systematic Process Needed to Evaluate Outcomes of Research and Development Program (No. GAO-03-746). 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
Abraham, S. R. (2015). Using Self-Monitoring and Goal Setting to Increase Swimming in Adults (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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, D. A. (2007, December 5). Take Me to Starbucks if You Can’t Amuse Me. New York Times, p. H10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bonetta, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Bonetta, 2010; Park & Dolmetsch, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Park & Dolmetsch, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Morgan, Strumillo, & Zimmer, 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Almeida et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Business Review
AbbreviationInt. Bus. Rev.
ISSN (print)0969-5931
ScopeBusiness and International Management

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