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
Hoyt, M.A., 2006. Cell biology. Extinguishing a cell cycle checkpoint. Science 313, 624–625.
A journal article with 2 authors
Milad, M.R., Quirk, G.J., 2002. Neurons in medial prefrontal cortex signal memory for fear extinction. Nature 420, 70–74.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kernbauer, E., Ding, Y., Cadwell, K., 2014. An enteric virus can replace the beneficial function of commensal bacteria. Nature 516, 94–98.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Akondy, R.S., Fitch, M., Edupuganti, S., Yang, S., Kissick, H.T., Li, K.W., Youngblood, B.A., Abdelsamed, H.A., McGuire, D.J., Cohen, K.W., Alexe, G., Nagar, S., McCausland, M.M., Gupta, S., Tata, P., Haining, W.N., McElrath, M.J., Zhang, D., Hu, B., Greenleaf, W.J., Goronzy, J.J., Mulligan, M.J., Hellerstein, M., Ahmed, R., 2017. Origin and differentiation of human memory CD8 T cells after vaccination. Nature 552, 362–367.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Alhabeeb, M.J., 2012. Mathematical Finance. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Sanchis-Alfonso, V., Monllau, J.C. (Eds.), 2013. The ACL-Deficient Knee: A Problem Solving Approach. Springer, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Zúñiga, S., Sola, I., Moreno, J.L., Alonso, S., Enjuanes, L., 2006. Regulation of Coronavirus Transcription: Viral and Cellular Proteins Interacting with Transcription-Regulating Sequences, in: Perlman, S., Holmes, K.V. (Eds.), The Nidoviruses: Toward Control of SARS and Other Nidovirus Diseases, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 31–35.

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
Andrew, E., 2014. Six bizarre feeding tactics from the depths of our oceans [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, 1999. Year 2000 Computing Challenge: The District of Columbia Cannot Reliably Track Y2K Costs (No. T-AIMD-99-298). 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
Moton, J.M., 2012. Investigation of low temperature solid oxide fuel cells for air-independent UUV applications (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Murphy, M.J.O., 2017. A Madcap Austen, Alfresco. New York Times C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hoyt, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Hoyt, 2006; Milad and Quirk, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Milad and Quirk, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Akondy et al., 2017)

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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