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
Lingham-Soliar, T. Comment on “A Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia with both feathers and scales.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 346, 6208 (October 2014), 434.
A journal article with 2 authors
Destexhe, A. and Marder, E. Plasticity in single neuron and circuit computations. Nature, 431, 7010 (October 2004), 789–795.
A journal article with 3 authors
Giustino, F., Cohen, M.L., and Louie, S.G. Small phonon contribution to the photoemission kink in the copper oxide superconductors. Nature, 452, 7190 (April 2008), 975–978.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Emoto, K., Parrish, J.Z., Jan, L.Y., and Jan, Y.-N. The tumour suppressor Hippo acts with the NDR kinases in dendritic tiling and maintenance. Nature, 443, 7108 (September 2006), 210–213.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dehn, M.J. Long-Term Memory Problems in Children and Adolescents. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
Shibasaki, M., Iino, M., and Osada, H., eds. Chembiomolecular Science: At the Frontier of Chemistry and Biology. Springer Japan, Tokyo, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Bürgermeister, M. Innovation Process: Flexible, Open, Non-linear. In F. Böhle, M. Bürgermeister and S. Porschen, eds., Innovation Management by Promoting the Informal: Artistic, Experience-based, Playful. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012, pp. 41–62.

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
O`Callaghan, J. Evidence Suggests Mars Once Had Much More Oxygen Than It Does Now. IFLScience, 2016.


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. Critical Infrastructure: Challenges Remain in Protecting Key Sectors. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Davidson, W.B. High school athletics and the “whole adolescent”: A case study of three urban high schools. 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
(nyt), S.K. World Briefing | Europe: Latvia: Language Law Dropped. New York Times, 2002, A12.

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 [3,6,7,8].

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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