How to format your references using the Journal of Management Control citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Management Control. 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
Watts, D. J. (2007). A twenty-first century science. Nature, 445(7127), 489.
A journal article with 2 authors
Michaels, D., & Wagner, W. (2003). Science and government. Disclosure in regulatory science. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5653), 2073.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pelupessy, P., Rennella, E., & Bodenhausen, G. (2009). High-resolution NMR in magnetic fields with unknown spatiotemporal variations. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5935), 1693–1697.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hapfelmeier, S., Lawson, M. A. E., Slack, E., Kirundi, J. K., Stoel, M., Heikenwalder, M., et al. (2010). Reversible microbial colonization of germ-free mice reveals the dynamics of IgA immune responses. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5986), 1705–1709.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
d’Andria, A., & Gabarret, I. (2017). Building 21st Century Entrepreneurship. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hatcliff, J., & Zucca, E. (Eds.). (2010). Formal Techniques for Distributed Systems: Joint 12th IFIP WG 6.1 International Conference, FMOODS 2010 and 30th IFIP WG 6.1 International Conference, FORTE 2010, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 7-9, 2010. Proceedings (Vol. 6117). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Hosseini, H., & Ulieru, M. (2012). Leveraging Domain Knowledge to Learn Normative Behavior: A Bayesian Approach. In P. Vrancx, M. Knudson, & M. Grześ (Eds.), Adaptive and Learning Agents: International Workshop, ALA 2011, Held at AAMAS 2011, Taipei, Taiwan, May 2, 2011, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 70–84). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Management Control.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, February 12). Why Does Popcorn Pop? IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1992). Mass Transit Grants: Risk of Misspent and Ineffectively Used Funds in FTA’s Chicago Region (No. RCED-92-53). Washington, DC: 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
Safarian Bahri, P. (2017). Erosion Rate Prediction Model for Levee-Floodwall Overtopping Applications in Fine-Grained Soils (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Cordes, K. (2015, February 22). Mountaineering’s Greatest Climb Unravels. New York Times, p. SR5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Watts 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Michaels and Wagner 2003; Watts 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Michaels and Wagner 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Hapfelmeier et al. 2010)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Management Control
AbbreviationJ. Manag. Contr.
ISSN (print)2191-4761
ISSN (online)2191-477X
ScopeManagement Information Systems
Management of Technology and Innovation
Strategy and Management
Management Science and Operations Research

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