How to format your references using the Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. 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
Gottschling, D. E. (2012). Molecular biology. Fragile delivery to the genome. Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6091), 160–161.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zimmerberg, J., & Chernomordik, L. V. (2005). Neuroscience. Synaptic membranes bend to the will of a neurotoxin. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5754), 1626–1627.
A journal article with 3 authors
Buck, W. R., Lavier, L. L., & Poliakov, A. N. B. (2005). Modes of faulting at mid-ocean ridges. Nature, 434(7034), 719–723.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Gratten, J., Wilson, A. J., McRae, A. F., Beraldi, D., Visscher, P. M., Pemberton, J. M., & Slate, J. (2008). A localized negative genetic correlation constrains microevolution of coat color in wild sheep. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5861), 318–320.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Twomey, B. (2011). Inside the Currency Market. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kalck, P. (Ed.). (2016). Homo- and Heterobimetallic Complexes in Catalysis: Cooperative Catalysis (1st ed. 2016, Vol. 59). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Menikoff, R. (2007). Empirical Equations of State for Solids. In Y. Horie (Ed.), ShockWave Science and Technology Reference Library (pp. 143–188). 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 Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, June 19). New Candidate Brings us One Step Closer to an HIV Vaccine. IFLScience; 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). Army Deployment: Better Transportation Planning Is Needed (NSIAD-87-138). 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
Starkenberg, L. I. (2015). Health science student’s knowledge of oral health and preventive practices [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
Steinhauer, J. (2017, January 26). Long Critical of Trump’s Ideas, Republicans Now Applaud Them. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gottschling, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Gottschling, 2012; Zimmerberg & Chernomordik, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Zimmerberg & Chernomordik, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Buck et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Gratten et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
AbbreviationOrgan. Behav. Hum. Decis. Process.
ISSN (print)0749-5978
ScopeOrganizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Applied Psychology

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