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
Hurtley, S., 2009. Spatial cell biology. Location, location, location. Introduction. Science 326, 1205.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ricardo, S., Lehmann, R., 2009. An ABC transporter controls export of a Drosophila germ cell attractant. Science 323, 943–946.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tatano, Y., Shimizu, T., Tomioka, H., 2014. Unique macrophages different from M1/M2 macrophages inhibit T cell mitogenesis while upregulating Th17 polarization. Sci. Rep. 4, 4146.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Miller, K.G., Kominz, M.A., Browning, J.V., Wright, J.D., Mountain, G.S., Katz, M.E., Sugarman, P.J., Cramer, B.S., Christie-Blick, N., Pekar, S.F., 2005. The Phanerozoic record of global sea-level change. Science 310, 1293–1298.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kamso, N., Ng, T.M., 2013. Investing in Islamic Funds. John Wiley & Sons, Singapore Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Chen, L., Han, J. (Eds.), 2016. Provable Security: 10th International Conference, ProvSec 2016, Nanjing, China, November 10-11, 2016, Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Fieldsend, J.E., 2009. Optimizing Decision Trees Using Multi-objective Particle Swarm Optimization, in: Coello, C.A.C., Dehuri, S., Ghosh, S. (Eds.), Swarm Intelligence for Multi-Objective Problems in Data Mining, Studies in Computational Intelligence. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 93–114.

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. Dark Humor Is Indicative Of A High IQ, According To Study [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, 1981. Small Businesses Are More Active as Inventors Than as Innovators in the Innovation Process (No. PAD-82-19). 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
Starkenberg, L.I., 2015. Health science student’s knowledge of oral health and preventive practices (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
Koblin, J., 2017. Stewart And HBO Pull the Plug On a Project. New York Times B2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hurtley, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Hurtley, 2009; Ricardo and Lehmann, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Ricardo and Lehmann, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Miller et al., 2005)

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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