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
Lusk C (2003) Plant ecology: Tree-species competition and coexistence. Nature 422:580–1; discussion 852
A journal article with 2 authors
Levine AJ, Puzio-Kuter AM (2010) The control of the metabolic switch in cancers by oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. Science 330:1340–1344
A journal article with 3 authors
Doniger DD, Herzog AV, Lashof DA (2006) Climate change. An ambitious, centrist approach to global warming legislation. Science 314:764–765
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Jenkyns HC, Forster A, Schouten S, Sinninghe Damsté JS (2004) High temperatures in the Late Cretaceous Arctic Ocean. Nature 432:888–892

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wang J-J (2014) Hydraulic Fracturing in Earth-Rock Fill DAMS. John Wiley & Sons, Singapore Pte. Ltd, Singapore
An edited book
Kundu S (2011) High-Level Verification: Methods and Tools for Verification of System-Level Designs. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Vardeman S, Kasprzyk R (2012) Applied Statistical Methods and the Chemical Industry. In: Kent JA (ed) Handbook of Industrial Chemistry and Biotechnology. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp 131–154

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
Andrew E (2015) The Chameleon Field: Will We Ever Find This “Fifth Force”? 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 (1969) Use Of Missile Procurement Funds To Finance Research And Development Efforts. 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
Vincent C (2010) Viewing Dissociative Identity Disorder through a Jungian lens. Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute

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
Neuman W (2015) Colombia Military Accused of Deception on Deaths. New York Times A10

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lusk 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Lusk 2003; Levine and Puzio-Kuter 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Levine and Puzio-Kuter 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Jenkyns et al. 2004)

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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