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
Cock, M. Biopiracy rules should not block biological control. Nature, 467, 7314 (September 2010), 369.
A journal article with 2 authors
Takagi, H. and Hwang, H.Y. An emergent change of phase for electronics. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327, 5973 (March 2010), 1601–1602.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pál, C., Papp, B., and Hurst, L.D. Genomic function: Rate of evolution and gene dispensability. Nature, 421, 6922 (January 2003), 496–7; discussion 497-8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Heersche, H.B., Jarillo-Herrero, P., Oostinga, J.B., Vandersypen, L.M.K., and Morpurgo, A.F. Bipolar supercurrent in graphene. Nature, 446, 7131 (March 2007), 56–59.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ibe, E.H. Terrestrial Radiation Effects in ULSI Devices and Electronic Systems. John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd, Singapore, 2014.
An edited book
Moore, L.J., Turner, K.L., and Todd, S.R., eds. Common Problems in Acute Care Surgery. Springer, New York, NY, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Chalmers, N. Sites of Arterial Access and the Role of Closure Devices in Percutaneous Arterial Intervention. In M.G. Cowling, ed., Vascular Interventional Radiology: Angioplasty, Stenting, Thrombolysis and Thrombectomy. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007, pp. 21–28.

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. Newly-Discovered “Bat Frog” Named After Ozzy Osbourne. 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. Pipeline Safety: The Office of Pipeline Safety Is Changing How It Oversees the Pipeline Industry. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ge, Z. Link performance analysis of disaster monitoring system. 2009.

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
Stewart, J.B. Trump Puts Barometers of Wall St. to the Test. New York Times, 2016, B1.

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 [2,6,7,8].

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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