How to format your references using the Research in International Business and Finance citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Research in International Business and Finance. 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
Groves, J.T., 2006. Chemistry. Unveiling the membrane domains. Science 313, 1901–1902.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schramke, V., Allshire, R., 2003. Hairpin RNAs and retrotransposon LTRs effect RNAi and chromatin-based gene silencing. Science 301, 1069–1074.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dandekar, A.A., Chugani, S., Greenberg, E.P., 2012. Bacterial quorum sensing and metabolic incentives to cooperate. Science 338, 264–266.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Michailov, G.V., Sereda, M.W., Brinkmann, B.G., Fischer, T.M., Haug, B., Birchmeier, C., Role, L., Lai, C., Schwab, M.H., Nave, K.-A., 2004. Axonal neuregulin-1 regulates myelin sheath thickness. Science 304, 700–703.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fabozzi, F.J., Drake, P.P., 2009. Finance. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Orcutt, J. (Ed.), 2013. Earth System Monitoring: Selected Entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
MacLean, D., Komatineni, S., 2014. Working with Preferences and Saving State, in: Komatineni, S. (Ed.), Android Fragments. Apress, Berkeley, CA, pp. 61–81.

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 Research in International Business and Finance.

Blog post
Davis, J., 2015. What Does The Future Hold For The Polar Bear? [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1992. NASA Procurement: Improving the Management of Delegated Contract Functions (No. NSIAD-92-75). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Iwuagwu, C.I., 2017. Preventing the Spread of HIV Among Homeless Youth in California (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Daoud, K., 2017. What Arabs Have Learned From Syria’s War. New York Times SR9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Groves, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Groves, 2006; Schramke and Allshire, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Schramke and Allshire, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Michailov et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleResearch in International Business and Finance
AbbreviationRes. Int. Bus. Fin.
ISSN (print)0275-5319
ScopeBusiness, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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