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
Rouault, T. A. (2006). Biochemistry. If the RNA fits, use it. Science (New York, N.Y.), 314(5807), 1886–1887.
A journal article with 2 authors
DellaPenna, D., & Last, R. L. (2008). Genome-enabled approaches shed new light on plant metabolism. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5875), 479–481.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kogan, A., Amasha, S., & Kastner, M. A. (2004). Photon-induced Kondo satellites in a single-electron transistor. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5675), 1293–1295.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chen, J., Ng, J., Ding, K., Fung, K. H., Lin, Z., & Chan, C. T. (2014). Negative optical torque. Scientific Reports, 4, 6386.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schwartz, R. (2012). Rethinking Pragmatism. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Grobman, S. (2016). The Second Economy: The Race for Trust, Treasure and Time in the Cybersecurity War (A. Cerra, Ed.). Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Vinel, A., & Artières, T. (2013). Maximizing Edit Distance Accuracy with Hidden Conditional Random Fields. In R. Wilson, E. Hancock, A. Bors, & W. Smith (Eds.), Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns: 15th International Conference, CAIP 2013, York, UK, August 27-29, 2013, Proceedings, Part I (pp. 45–53). 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. (2014, June 5). 19 Year Old Develops Machine To Clean The Oceans Of Plastic. 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. (1983). [Aging Issues in the 1980’s: A Computerized Information System] (No. 121285). 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
Rogers, R. C. (2010). Documenting cultural transition through contact archaeology in Tíhoo, Mérida, Yucatán [Doctoral dissertation]. Florida Atlantic University.

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
Barry, E., & Kishkovsky, S. (2012, May 7). Putin Takes Helm As Police Punish Moscow Dissent. 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 (Rouault, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (DellaPenna & Last, 2008; Rouault, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (DellaPenna & Last, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Kogan et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Chen et al., 2014)

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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