How to format your references using the International Journal of Innovation Studies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Innovation Studies. 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
Hederstedt, L. (2003). Structural biology. Complex II is complex too. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5607), 671–672.
A journal article with 2 authors
Herrera, A. M., & Cohn, M. J. (2014). Embryonic origin and compartmental organization of the external genitalia. Scientific Reports, 4, 6896.
A journal article with 3 authors
Thibodeaux, C. J., Melançon, C. E., & Liu, H.-W. (2007). Unusual sugar biosynthesis and natural product glycodiversification. Nature, 446(7139), 1008–1016.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Taira, T., Silver, P. G., Niu, F., & Nadeau, R. M. (2009). Remote triggering of fault-strength changes on the San Andreas fault at Parkfield. Nature, 461(7264), 636–639.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Senez, V., Thomy, V., & Dufour, R. (2014). Nanotechnologies for Synthetic Super Non-Wetting Surfaces. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Devos, A. S., & Blickman, J. G. (Eds.). (2008). Radiological Imaging of the Digestive Tract in Infants and Children. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Munoz-Garcia, F., & Toro-Gonzalez, D. (2016). Applications to Industrial Organization. In D. Toro-Gonzalez (Ed.), Strategy and Game Theory: Practice Exercises with Answers (pp. 145–181). Springer International Publishing.

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 Journal of Innovation Studies.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, July 20). Moore’s Law Is 50 Years Old But Will It Continue? IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1991). Education Grants Management: Actions Initiated to Correct Material Weaknesses (HRD-91-72). 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
Niedringhaus, B. (2012). Best Practice in Early Reading Intervention: Implementing a Reading Intervention Program to Reach Below Level Readers [Doctoral dissertation]. Lindenwood University.

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
Kepner, T. (2016, October 31). 7th Inning? Bring In the Closer. New York Times, B9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hederstedt, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Hederstedt, 2003; Herrera & Cohn, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Herrera & Cohn, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Thibodeaux et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Taira et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Innovation Studies
ISSN (print)2096-2487

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