How to format your references using the International Journal of Production Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Production Research. 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
Chou, Chung-Pin. 2014. “Network Robustness: Detecting Topological Quantum Phases.” Scientific Reports 4 (December): 7526.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zamore, Phillip D., and Benjamin Haley. 2005. “Ribo-Gnome: The Big World of Small RNAs.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 309 (5740): 1519–1524.
A journal article with 3 authors
Poon, Vivian Y., Matthew P. Klassen, and Kang Shen. 2008. “UNC-6/Netrin and Its Receptor UNC-5 Locally Exclude Presynaptic Components from Dendrites.” Nature 455 (7213): 669–673.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Lipton, Stuart A., Tomohiro Nakamura, Dongdong Yao, Zhong-Qing Shi, Takashi Uehara, and Zezong Gu. 2005. “Comment on ‘S-Nitrosylation of Parkin Regulates Ubiquitination and Compromises Parkin’s Protective Function.’” Science (New York, N.Y.) 308 (5730): 1870; author reply 1870.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Leung, Mei-Yung, Isabelle Yee Shan Chan, and Cary L. Cooper. 2014. Stress Management in the Construction Industry. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Fan, Yan. 2015. Thermal Transport in Oblique Finned Micro/Minichannels. Edited by Poh Seng Lee, Pawan Kumar Singh, and Yong Jiun Lee. SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Marcelino, Maria José, Cristina Azevedo Gomes, Maria João Silva, Cristina Gouveia, Alexandra Fonseca, Bruno Pestana, and Carlos Brigas. 2007. “Schoolsenses@Internet.” In Computers and Education: E-Learning, From Theory to Practice, edited by Baltasar Fernández-Manjón, Juan Manuel Sánchez-Pérez, Juan Antonio Gómez-Pulido, Miguel Angel Vega-Rodríguez, and José Bravo-Rodríguez, 57–66. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Production Research.

Blog post
Carpineti, Alfredo. 2015. “What’s Inside A Red Giant?” 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. 1988. FAA’s Implementation of the Expanded East Coast Plan. T-RCED-88-39. 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
Savvas, Catherine. 2010. “Hydroclimate Variability and Landuse Effects on Nutrient Export from Watersheds in the Mid-Atlantic United States.” Doctoral dissertation, Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina.

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
Sophia Kishkovsky; Compiled by. 2005. “Arts, Briefly; Russian News Anchor Barred From Studio.” New York Times, November 26.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chou 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Chou 2014; Zamore and Haley 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Zamore and Haley 2005)
  • Three authors: (Poon, Klassen, and Shen 2008)
  • 4 or more authors: (Lipton et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Production Research
AbbreviationInt. J. Prod. Res.
ISSN (print)0020-7543
ISSN (online)1366-588X
ScopeStrategy and Management
Management Science and Operations Research
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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