How to format your references using the Operations Management Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Operations Management Research. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Lang KR (2010) Astronomy. Serendipitous astronomy. Science 327:39–40
A journal article with 2 authors
D’Souza V, Summers MF (2004) Structural basis for packaging the dimeric genome of Moloney murine leukaemia virus. Nature 431:586–590
A journal article with 3 authors
Mallatt J, Chen J, Holland ND (2003) Comment on “A new species of yunnanozoan with implications for deuterostome evolution.” Science 300:1372; author reply 1372
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Ortiz-Urda S, Garcia J, Green CL, et al (2005) Type VII collagen is required for Ras-driven human epidermal tumorigenesis. Science 307:1773–1776

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Joyner M (2009) Integration Marketing. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Obaidat MS, Ören T, Kacprzyk J, Filipe J (eds) (2015) Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications: International Conference, SIMULTECH 2014 Vienna, Austria, August 28-30, 2014 Revised Selected Papers, 1st ed. 2015. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Ben Abdesslem F, Iannone L, Dias de Amorim M, et al (2007) A Prototyping Environment for Wireless Multihop Networks. In: Fdida S, Sugiura K (eds) Sustainable Internet: Third Asian Internet Engineering Conference, AINTEC 2007, Phuket, Thailand, November 27-29, 2007. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 33–47

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 Operations Management Research.

Blog post
Taub B (2016) World’s Rarest Great Ape Threatened By Nigerian Highway. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (2016) Information Technology: Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging Legacy Systems. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Nguyen A (2017) Poetry as a Museum. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
St. John Kelly E (1998) Publication Gives 2 Neighborhoods Unwanted Local Color. New York Times 149

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Lang 2010).
This sentence cites two references (D’Souza and Summers 2004; Lang 2010).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (D’Souza and Summers 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Ortiz-Urda et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleOperations Management Research
AbbreviationOper. Manag. Res.
ISSN (print)1936-9735
ISSN (online)1936-9743
ScopeManagement of Technology and Innovation
Strategy and Management
Management Science and Operations Research
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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