How to format your references using the Journal of Business and Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Business and Psychology. 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
Wadman, M. (2007). Moment of reckoning. Nature, 446(7138), 844–845.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dezhina, I., & Graham, L. R. (2005). Research funding. Science foundations: a novelty in Russian science. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5755), 1772–1773.
A journal article with 3 authors
Renata, H., Zhou, Q., & Baran, P. S. (2013). Strategic redox relay enables a scalable synthesis of ouabagenin, a bioactive cardenolide. Science (New York, N.Y.), 339(6115), 59–63.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kim, K.-H., Kumar, B., Lee, K. Y., Park, H.-K., Lee, J.-H., Lee, H. H., et al. (2013). Piezoelectric two-dimensional nanosheets/anionic layer heterojunction for efficient direct current power generation. Scientific reports, 3, 2017.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Boulanger, J.-L. (2013). Safety Management for Software-based Equipment. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Tatnall, A., & Leslie, C. (Eds.). (2016). International Communities of Invention and Innovation: IFIP WG 9.7 International Conference on the History of Computing, HC 2016, Brooklyn, NY, USA, May 25-29, 2016, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 491). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Alducin, M., Juaristi, J. I., Muiño, R. D., Rösler, M., & Echenique, P. M. (2007). Spin Polarization of Electrons Emitted in the Neutralization of He+ Ions in Solids. In J. Burgdörfer (Ed.), Slow Heavy-Particle Induced Electron Emission from Solid Surfaces (pp. 153–183). 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 Journal of Business and Psychology.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2016, May 1). Dragons Have REM Sleep Too. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1998). Surface Infrastructure: Review of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Restructuring Plan (No. RCED-98-237R). 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
Priddy, J. D.-J. (2014). As Tufa to Sapphire: Gendering the Roles of Medieval Women in Combat (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Eligon, J. (2017, February 14). In the Hands of a Pro. New York Times, p. D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wadman 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Dezhina and Graham 2005; Wadman 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Dezhina and Graham 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Kim et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Business and Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Bus. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0889-3268
ISSN (online)1573-353X
ScopeGeneral Business, Management and Accounting
Business and International Management
General Psychology
Applied Psychology

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