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
Vaux, D. L. (2012). Research methods: Know when your numbers are significant. Nature, 492(7428), 180–181.
A journal article with 2 authors
Slessareva, J. E., & Dohlman, H. G. (2006). G protein signaling in yeast: new components, new connections, new compartments. Science (New York, N.Y.), 314(5804), 1412–1413.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zarnetske, P. L., Skelly, D. K., & Urban, M. C. (2012). Ecology. Biotic multipliers of climate change. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6088), 1516–1518.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Pelling, A. E., Sehati, S., Gralla, E. B., Valentine, J. S., & Gimzewski, J. K. (2004). Local nanomechanical motion of the cell wall of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5687), 1147–1150.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chin, E., Nel, D., & Ólafsson, S. (2014). Problems and Solutions in Mathematical Finance. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Viens, F., Feng, J., Hu, Y., & Nualart, E. (Eds.). (2013). Malliavin Calculus and Stochastic Analysis: A Festschrift in Honor of David Nualart (Vol. 34). Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Zaidi, S. H., & Sinha, A. (2013). Vestibular Migraine. In A. Sinha (Ed.), Vertigo: A Clinical Guide (pp. 91–102). 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, February 24). Could Research Into Oxytocin And Alcohol Lead To A ‘Sobriety Pill’? 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. (2002). Mass Transit: FTA’s New Starts Commitments for Fiscal Year 2003 (GAO-02-603). 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
Han, B. (2008). Mechanistic Consequences of Cardiac Oxidative Stress [Doctoral dissertation]. Ohio State 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
Crow, K. (2000, July 16). One Drugstore Too Many, One Grocery Too Few? New York Times, 145.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Vaux, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Slessareva & Dohlman, 2006; Vaux, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Slessareva & Dohlman, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Zarnetske et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Pelling et al., 2004)

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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