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
Seeman, P., 2004. Comment on “Diverse psychotomimetics act through a common signaling pathway.” Science 305, 180; author reply 180.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lipinski, C., Hopkins, A., 2004. Navigating chemical space for biology and medicine. Nature 432, 855–861.
A journal article with 3 authors
Woodroffe, R., Hedges, S., Durant, S.M., 2014. Ecology. To fence or not to fence. Science 344, 46–48.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hong, S.-T., Bang, S., Hyun, S., Kang, J., Jeong, K., Paik, D., Chung, J., Kim, J., 2008. cAMP signalling in mushroom bodies modulates temperature preference behaviour in Drosophila. Nature 454, 771–775.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tavakoli, J.M., 2008. Structured Finance and Collateralized Debt Obligations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Burrascano, P., Callegari, S., Montisci, A., Ricci, M., Versaci, M. (Eds.), 2015. Ultrasonic Nondestructive Evaluation Systems: Industrial Application Issues. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Henson, M.C., 2010. Applications and Methodology of νZ, in: Boca, P., Bowen, J.P., Siddiqi, J. (Eds.), Formal Methods: State of the Art and New Directions. Springer, London, pp. 117–145.

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
Andrew, E., 2014. Do You Hear What I Hear? Amazing Auditory Illusions Explained [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, 2006. Summary of a GAO Conference: Helping California Youths with Disabilities Transition to Work or Postsecondary Education (No. GAO-06-759SP). 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
Starner, R.N., 2013. Expanding the Scope of Silyl Protecting Groups for Sialylation Reactions (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Yablonsky, L., 2011. Coast Garde. New York Times M224.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Seeman, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Lipinski and Hopkins, 2004; Seeman, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Lipinski and Hopkins, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Hong 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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