How to format your references using the Journal of Corporate Finance citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Corporate Finance. 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
Foote, R., 2007. Mathematics and complex systems. Science 318, 410–412.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shedlock, D.J., Shen, H., 2003. Requirement for CD4 T cell help in generating functional CD8 T cell memory. Science 300, 337–339.
A journal article with 3 authors
Malakoff, D., Yeston, J., Smith, J., 2010. Getting better to get bigger. Science 329, 779.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lake, M.W., Wuebbens, M.M., Rajagopalan, K.V., Schindelin, H., 2001. Mechanism of ubiquitin activation revealed by the structure of a bacterial MoeB-MoaD complex. Nature 414, 325–329.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown, T., Andrews, G.J., Cummins, S., Greenhough, B., Lewis, D., Power, A., 2017. Health Geographies. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Farris, D.N., Davis, M.A., Compton, D.R. (Eds.), 2014. Illuminating How Identities, Stereotypes and Inequalities Matter through Gender Studies. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Pedretti, E., 2012. The Medium is the Message, in: Davidsson, E., Jakobsson, A. (Eds.), Understanding Interactions at Science Centers and Museums: Approaching Sociocultural Perspectives. SensePublishers, Rotterdam, pp. 45–61.

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 Corporate Finance.

Blog post
Hale, T., 2015. Divers Encounter Enormous Ocean Sunfish [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, 2010. Next Generation Air Transportation System: FAA and NASA Have Improved Human Factors Research Coordination, but Stronger Leadership Needed (No. GAO-10-824). 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
Wirtz, Y., 2017. Strain Variation between the Monterey and Sisquoc Formations, Southern Santa Maria Basin, California, USA: Implications for Structural Assessment of Fold and Thrust Belts (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Kishkovsky, S., 2000. Surviving With the Moscow Symphony on $5 a Day. New York Times E2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Foote, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Foote, 2007; Shedlock and Shen, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Shedlock and Shen, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Lake et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Corporate Finance
AbbreviationJ. Corp. Fin.
ISSN (print)0929-1199
ScopeBusiness and International Management
Strategy and Management
Economics and Econometrics

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