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
Steinberger, B. Geophysics. Reconstructing Earth history in three dimensions. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322, 5903 (November 2008), 866–868.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bartel, B. and Matsuda, S.P.T. Plant biology. Seeing red. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299, 5605 (January 2003), 352–353.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nudleman, E., Wall, D., and Kaiser, D. Cell-to-cell transfer of bacterial outer membrane lipoproteins. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309, 5731 (July 2005), 125–127.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Gilijamse, J.J., Hoekstra, S., van de Meerakker, S.Y.T., Groenenboom, G.C., and Meijer, G. Near-threshold inelastic collisions using molecular beams with a tunable velocity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313, 5793 (September 2006), 1617–1620.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bobrow, J., Fisher, S., Mondragon-Gilmore, J., et al. CliffsNotes® CSET®. Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2009.
An edited book
Trepte, S. and Reinecke, L., eds. Privacy Online: Perspectives on Privacy and Self-Disclosure in the Social Web. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Kallmeyer, L. On the Mild Context-Sensitivity of k-Tree Wrapping Grammar. In A. Foret, G. Morrill, R. Muskens, R. Osswald and S. Pogodalla, eds., Formal Grammar: 20th and 21st International Conferences, FG 2015, Barcelona, Spain, August 2015, Revised Selected Papers. FG 2016, Bozen, Italy, August 2016, Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2016, pp. 77–93.

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. HIV Could Be Evolving Into A Less Deadly Form. 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. Information Technology: Agencies and OMB Should Strengthen Processes for Identifying and Overseeing High Risk Projects. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Plumer, D.R. The relationship between earned value management metrics and customer satisfaction. 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
Nordland, R. With Daring Cellphone Videos, Saudi Women Are Challenging Male Control. New York Times, 2017, A7.

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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