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
Fishell, Gordon. 2013. “Hurricane Sandy: After the Deluge.” Nature 496 (7446): 421–422.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sitia, Roberto, and Ineke Braakman. 2003. “Quality Control in the Endoplasmic Reticulum Protein Factory.” Nature 426 (6968): 891–894.
A journal article with 3 authors
Georgellis, D., O. Kwon, and E. C. Lin. 2001. “Quinones as the Redox Signal for the Arc Two-Component System of Bacteria.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 292 (5525): 2314–2316.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Matsubara, Shyuichiro, Qiang Ding, Yumi Miyazaki, Taisaku Kuwahata, Koichiro Tsukasa, and Sonshin Takao. 2013. “MTOR Plays Critical Roles in Pancreatic Cancer Stem Cells through Specific and Stemness-Related Functions.” Scientific Reports 3 (November): 3230.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Werner, Marion. 2015. Global Displacements. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
López-Campos, Guillermo. 2012. Microarray Detection and Characterization of Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens. Edited by Joaquín V. Martínez-Suárez, Mónica Aguado-Urda, and Victoria López-Alonso. SpringerBriefs in Food, Health, and Nutrition. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Parrochia, Daniel, and Pierre Neuville. 2013. “Algebra of Trees.” In Towards a General Theory of Classifications, edited by Pierre Neuville, 93–124. Basel: 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 Journal of Production Research.

Blog post
Carpineti, Alfredo. 2016. “China’s Moon Rover Is Officially Dead.” 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. 1976. International Cooperation in Energy Research and Development. 098248. 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
Burgner, Joy. 2010. “Bullying Prevention: A Grant Proposal.” Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
(nyt), Sophia Kishkovsky. 2005. “World Briefing | Europe: Ukraine: Russia Lifts Arrest For Ex-Premier.” New York Times, September 27.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fishell 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Fishell 2013; Sitia and Braakman 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Sitia and Braakman 2003)
  • Three authors: (Georgellis, Kwon, and Lin 2001)
  • 4 or more authors: (Matsubara et al. 2013)

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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