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
Franz, M. Physics. In praise of exact quantization. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329, 5992 (August 2010), 639–640.
A journal article with 2 authors
Klyachko, V.A. and Jackson, M.B. Capacitance steps and fusion pores of small and large-dense-core vesicles in nerve terminals. Nature, 418, 6893 (July 2002), 89–92.
A journal article with 3 authors
Basu, P., Qiu, J., and Powell, K. Making a difference. Nature, 455, 7215 (October 2008), 1002–1003.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Grove, T.L., Till, C.B., Lev, E., Chatterjee, N., and Médard, E. Kinematic variables and water transport control the formation and location of arc volcanoes. Nature, 459, 7247 (June 2009), 694–697.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sheldrake, A.L. Handbook of Electrical Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2005.
An edited book
Hogan, J.A. Duration and Bandwidth Limiting: Prolate Functions, Sampling, and Applications. Birkhäuser, Boston, MA, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Yahalom, J., Rimner, A., and Tsang, R.W. Salvage Therapy for Relapsed and Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma. In L. Specht and J. Yahalom, eds., Radiotherapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011, pp. 31–44.

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
Carpineti, A. The Magnetic Field Across The Magellanic Clouds Has Been Mapped for the First Time. IFLScience, 2017.


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. Aviation Safety: Information on FAA’s Data on Operational Errors At Air Traffic Control Towers. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Vundavilli, R. Bubble Removal in Microfluidic Devices Using Nanofibrous Membranes. 2014.

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. Crime Lab Gets a Shot in the Arm. New York Times, 2007, 14WE7.

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 [2,4].
This sentence cites four references [4,5,7,8].

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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