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
Kerr, R.A., 2000. PLANETARY SCIENCE: Solar System Scientists Look to Find an Edge. Science 290, 689b.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kozlova, T., Thummel, C.S., 2003. Essential roles for ecdysone signaling during Drosophila mid-embryonic development. Science 301, 1911–1914.
A journal article with 3 authors
McCauley, E., Nelson, W.A., Nisbet, R.M., 2008. Small-amplitude cycles emerge from stage-structured interactions in Daphnia-algal systems. Nature 455, 1240–1243.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Mukhopadhyay, S., Kim, B.-S., Chipman, P.R., Rossmann, M.G., Kuhn, R.J., 2003. Structure of West Nile virus. Science 302, 248.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lehr, J., Ron, P., 2017. Foundations of Pulsed Power Technology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Yilbas, B.S., 2014. Friction Welding: Thermal and Metallurgical Characteristics, SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Allen, M.S., Kammer, D.C., 2012. Simple Experiments to Validate Modal Substructure Models, in: Mayes, R., Rixen, D., Griffith, D.T., De Klerk, D., Chauhan, S., Voormeeren, S.N., Allen, M. S. (Eds.), Topics in Experimental Dynamics Substructuring and Wind Turbine Dynamics, Volume 2: Proceedings of the 30th IMAC, A Conference on Structural Dynamics, 2012, Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 45–50.

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
Andrews, R., 2017. Ancient Human Sacrifices Found Under Walls Of Korean Castle [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, 1991. Truck Safety: Improvements Needed in FHwA’s Motor Carrier Safety Program (No. RCED-91-30). 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
Warren, P.D., 2012. Characterizing polymers for cardiovascular devices (Doctoral dissertation). University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

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
Broderick, J.T., Jr., George, R.M., 2010. A Nation of Do-It-Yourself Lawyers. New York Times A21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kerr, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Kerr, 2000; Kozlova and Thummel, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Kozlova and Thummel, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Mukhopadhyay et al., 2003)

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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