How to format your references using the Journal of Business Venturing Insights citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Business Venturing Insights. 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
Thamdrup, B., 2007. Geochemistry. New players in an ancient cycle. Science 317, 1508–1509.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cuervo, R., Chimal-Monroy, J., 2013. Chemical activation of RARβ induces post-embryonically bilateral limb duplication during Xenopus limb regeneration. Sci. Rep. 3, 1886.
A journal article with 3 authors
Georgellis, D., Kwon, O., Lin, E.C., 2001. Quinones as the redox signal for the arc two-component system of bacteria. Science 292, 2314–2316.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Isalan, M., Lemerle, C., Michalodimitrakis, K., Horn, C., Beltrao, P., Raineri, E., Garriga-Canut, M., Serrano, L., 2008. Evolvability and hierarchy in rewired bacterial gene networks. Nature 452, 840–845.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mainardi, R.L., 2011. Harnessing the Power of Continuous Auditing. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Bretzke, W.-R., 2013. Sustainable Logistics: Responses to a Global Challenge, Lecture Notes in Logistics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Brank, E.M., 2011. Baby Boomers at Work: Growing Older and Working More, in: Wiener, R.L., Willborn, S.L. (Eds.), Disability and Aging Discrimination: Perspectives in Law and Psychology. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 93–105.

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 Venturing Insights.

Blog post
Andrews, R., 2017. 3D-Printed Ovaries Could Be Future of Fertility Treatment, After Successfull Trials In Mice [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1990. High Definition Television: The Effects of Standards on U.S. Entertainment Industries (No. IMTEC-90-33). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Al-Alawadhi, F., 2014. Oral History of Women Educators in Kuwait: A Comparative Model of Care Ethics Between Noddings and Al-Ghazali (Doctoral dissertation). University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

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
Pinker, S., 2015. Can Students Have Too Much Tech? New York Times A27.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Thamdrup, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Cuervo and Chimal-Monroy, 2013; Thamdrup, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Cuervo and Chimal-Monroy, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Isalan et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Business Venturing Insights
AbbreviationJ. Bus. Ventur. Insights
ISSN (print)2352-6734

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