How to format your references using the Organization citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Organization. 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
Ejeta, Gebisa (2010) ‘African Green Revolution needn’t be a mirage’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 327(5967), 831–832.
A journal article with 2 authors
Klironomos, J. N. and Hart, M. M. (2001) ‘Food-web dynamics. Animal nitrogen swap for plant carbon’, Nature 410(6829), 651–652.
A journal article with 3 authors
Donlea, Jeffrey M., Ramanan, Narendrakumar and Shaw, Paul J. (2009) ‘Use-dependent plasticity in clock neurons regulates sleep need in Drosophila’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 324(5923), 105–108.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Smith, Felisa A., Boyer, Alison G., Brown, James H., et al. (2010) ‘The evolution of maximum body size of terrestrial mammals’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 330(6008), 1216–1219.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lieberman, Jeffrey A. and Tasman, Allan (2006) Handbook of Psychiatric Drugs. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Nilius, Bernd, Gudermann, Thomas, Jahn, Reinhard, et al. (eds) (2014) Reviews of Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Vol. 167. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Janse, M. J. (2010) ‘Activation of the Heart’, in P.W. Macfarlane, A. van Oosterom, O. Pahlm, et al. (eds) Comprehensive Electrocardiology, pp. 145–165. London: Springer.

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 Organization.

Blog post
Davis, Josh (2017) ‘France To Ban Breeding Of Captive Orcas And Dolphins’, IFLScience, Available from: (accessed 30 October 2018). IFLScience.


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 (1987) FAA Staffing: Challenges in Managing Shortages in the Maintenance Work Force. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Beck, Kathryn (2011) ‘Comparing high school physics standards: What is included and what is not’, Doctoral dissertation. Long Beach, CA: 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
Hollander, Sophia (2002) ‘Downbeat of Feet Uptown in Harlem’, New York Times, 4th November.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ejeta, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Ejeta, 2010; Klironomos & Hart, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Klironomos & Hart, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Donlea, Ramanan & Shaw, 2009)
  • 4 or more authors: (Smith, Boyer, Brown, et al., 2010)

About the journal

Full journal titleOrganization
AbbreviationOrganization (Lond.)
ISSN (print)1350-5084
ISSN (online)1461-7323
ScopeGeneral Business, Management and Accounting
Management of Technology and Innovation
Strategy and Management

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