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
Wadman, M. (2007). A merger too far? Nature, 446(7131), 15.
A journal article with 2 authors
Charness, G., & Fehr, E. (2015). ECONOMICS. From the lab to the real world. Science (New York, N.Y.), 350(6260), 512–513.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kobayashi, K., Yoshimura, J., & Hasegawa, E. (2013). Coexistence of sexual individuals and genetically isolated asexual counterparts in a thrips. Scientific Reports, 3, 3286.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chen, J., Yagi, H., Furutani, Y., Nakamura, T., Inaguma, A., Guo, H., Kong, Y., & Goto, Y. (2014). Self-assembly of the chaperonin GroEL nanocage induced at submicellar detergent. Scientific Reports, 4, 5614.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gage, L. J. (2008). Hand-Rearing Wild and Domestic Mammals. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
An edited book
Luk’yanchuk, I. A., & Mezzane, D. (Eds.). (2008). Smart Materials for Energy, Communications and Security. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Janke, W. (2007). Introduction to Simulation Techniques. In M. Henkel, M. Pleimling, & R. Sanctuary (Eds.), Ageing and the Glass Transition (pp. 207–260). 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. (2016, May 15). To Better Conserve Wildlife, Consider All Kinds Of Animals, Not Just The Ones We Hunt. 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). Noncitizen Student Loan Defaults (HRD-83-29). 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
Morrison, G. K. (2010). Self-reported, interview-assisted diet records underreport protein and energy intake in maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients [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
Dwyer, J. (2016, October 5). ’60s TV, Taxes and a Taste of Trump. New York Times, A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wadman, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Charness & Fehr, 2015; Wadman, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Charness & Fehr, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Kobayashi et al., 2013)
  • 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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