How to format your references using the Journal of Family Business Strategy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Family Business Strategy. 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
Smith, A. B. (2003). Paleontology. Making the best of a patchy fossil record. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5631), 321–322.
A journal article with 2 authors
Meier, M. F., & Dyurgerov, M. B. (2002). Sea level changes. How Alaska affects the world. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5580), 350–351.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sun, J.-Y., Wu, X.-S., & Wu, L.-G. (2002). Single and multiple vesicle fusion induce different rates of endocytosis at a central synapse. Nature, 417(6888), 555–559.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
O’Neill, M. A., Eberhard, S., Albersheim, P., & Darvill, A. G. (2001). Requirement of borate cross-linking of cell wall rhamnogalacturonan II for Arabidopsis growth. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5543), 846–849.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Prydie, D., & Hewitt, I. (2015). Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Huggan, G., & Jensen, L. (Eds.). (2016). Postcolonial Perspectives on the European High North: Unscrambling the Arctic. Palgrave Macmillan UK.
A chapter in an edited book
Aksamit, A. J. (2013). Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy. In A. C. Jackson (Ed.), Viral Infections of the Human Nervous System (pp. 65–86). Springer.

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 Family Business Strategy.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2017, January 12). 13 New Pulsars Discovered Thanks To Citizen Science Project. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2016). Highway Safety: More Robust DOT Oversight of Guardrails and Other Roadside Hardware Could Further Enhance Safety (GAO-16-575). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Martinez, J. C. (2015). Theoretically tested remediation in response to insect resistance to Bt corn and Bt cotton: A new paradigm [Doctoral dissertation]. Mississippi State University.

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
Kelly, C. (2013, April 14). You Loved My Film? Thanks, Man. Spare a Dime? New York Times, A23B.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smith, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Meier & Dyurgerov, 2002; Smith, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Meier & Dyurgerov, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Sun et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (O’Neill et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Family Business Strategy
AbbreviationJ. Fam. Bus. Strat.
ISSN (print)1877-8585
ScopeStrategy and Management
Economics and Econometrics

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