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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS). 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Kim, J.-V. Solid-state physics: siphoning spins. Nature, 511, 7510 (July 2014), 418–419.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chen, W.P. and Brudzinski, M.R. Evidence for a large-scale remnant of subducted lithosphere beneath Fiji. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292, 5526 (June 2001), 2475–2479.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lorsch, J.R., Collins, F.S., and Lippincott-Schwartz, J. Cell Biology. Fixing problems with cell lines. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346, 6216 (December 2014), 1452–1453.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Huang, X., Vodenska, I., Havlin, S., and Stanley, H.E. Cascading failures in bi-partite graphs: model for systemic risk propagation. Scientific reports, 3, (February 2013), 1219.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Caltagirone, J.-P. Discrete Mechanics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
Bonchev, D. and Rouvray, D.H., eds. Complexity in Chemistry, Biology, and Ecology. Springer US, Boston, MA, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
Papa, D.A. and Markov, I.L. Bounded Transactional Timing Analysis. In I. L. Markov, ed., Multi-Objective Optimization in Physical Synthesis of Integrated Circuits. Springer, New York, NY, 2013, pp. 47–63.

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 Information Systems.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Biggest Genome Yet Sequenced. IFLScience, 2014.


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. Weekend Settlement: Potential Benefits, Costs, and Legal Issues. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Nguyen, M. Therapeutic groups for adults with mental illness and their caregivers: A grant proposal. 2010.

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
Kishkovsky, S. With Orthodoxy’s Revival in Russia, Religious Media Also Rise. New York Times, 2008, B8.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [2].
This sentence cites two references [3,4].
This sentence cites four references [3,5,7,8].

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Management Information Systems
AbbreviationJ. Manag. Inf. Syst.
ISSN (print)0742-1222
ISSN (online)1557-928X
ScopeManagement Information Systems
Computer Science Applications
Information Systems and Management
Management Science and Operations Research

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