How to format your references using the International Strategic Management Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Strategic Management 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.
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
Lusk, C. (2003). Plant ecology: Tree-species competition and coexistence. Nature, 422(6932), 580–581; discussion 852.
A journal article with 2 authors
Grosche, A., & Reichenbach, A. (2013). Neuroscience. Developmental refining of neuroglial signaling? Science (New York, N.Y.), 339(6116), 152–153.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dunn, B., Kamath, H., & Tarascon, J.-M. (2011). Electrical energy storage for the grid: a battery of choices. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6058), 928–935.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zilberman, D., Coleman-Derr, D., Ballinger, T., & Henikoff, S. (2008). Histone H2A.Z and DNA methylation are mutually antagonistic chromatin marks. Nature, 456(7218), 125–129.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Li, F. (2006). Developing Chemical Information Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Fernandez, B. (2013). Unravelling the Mystery of the Atomic Nucleus: A Sixty Year Journey 1896 — 1956 (G. Ripka, Ed.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Ferro, N., & Silvello, G. (2014). CLEF 15th Birthday: What Can We Learn From Ad Hoc Retrieval? In E. Kanoulas, M. Lupu, P. Clough, M. Sanderson, M. Hall, A. Hanbury, & E. Toms (Eds.), Information Access Evaluation. Multilinguality, Multimodality, and Interaction: 5th International Conference of the CLEF Initiative, CLEF 2014, Sheffield, UK, September 15-18, 2014. Proceedings (pp. 31–43). 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 Strategic Management Review.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, January 6). Study Confirms Earthquakes In Ohio Were Triggered By Fracking. 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. (1970). Allowances for Independent Research and Development Costs in Negotiated Contracts (No. 094461). 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
Tran, A. (2012). A psychoeducational program on hoarding within the Vietnamese community: Grant writing proposal [Doctoral dissertation]. 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
Solomon, B. C. (2017, September 29). In Grim Camps, Desperate Scene for Rohingya. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lusk, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Grosche & Reichenbach, 2013; Lusk, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Grosche & Reichenbach, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Dunn et al., 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zilberman et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Strategic Management Review
AbbreviationInt. Strat. Manag. Rev.
ISSN (print)2306-7748

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