How to format your references using the Research in Organizational Behavior citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Research in Organizational Behavior. 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
Bray, D. (2003). Molecular networks: the top-down view. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5641), 1864–1865.
A journal article with 2 authors
Miller, V., & Savage, M. (2001). Changes in seismic anisotropy after volcanic eruptions: evidence from Mount Ruapehu. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5538), 2231–2233.
A journal article with 3 authors
Blaha, G., Stanley, R. E., & Steitz, T. A. (2009). Formation of the first peptide bond: the structure of EF-P bound to the 70S ribosome. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5943), 966–970.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Aryan, A., Anderson, M. A. E., Myles, K. M., & Adelman, Z. N. (2013). Germline excision of transgenes in Aedes aegypti by homing endonucleases. Scientific Reports, 3, 1603.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Voit, B., Haag, R., Appelhans, D., & Welzel, P. B. (2016). Bio- and Multifunctional Polymer Architectures. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Moss, J., & Pini, B. (Eds.). (2016). Visual Research Methods in Educational Research. Palgrave Macmillan UK.
A chapter in an edited book
Richmond, S., Al Ali, A. M., Beldie, L., Chong, Y. T., Cronin, A., Djordjevic, J., Drage, N. A., Evans, D. M., Jones, D., Lu, Y., Marshall, D., Middleton, J., Parker, G., Paternoster, L., Playle, R. A., Popat, H., Rosin, P. L., Sidorov, K., Toma, A. M., … Zhurov, A. I. (2012). Detailing Patient Specific Modeling to Aid Clinical Decision-Making. In B. Calvo Lopez & E. Peña (Eds.), Patient-Specific Computational Modeling (pp. 105–131). Springer Netherlands.

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 Organizational Behavior.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, September 9). First Outbreak Of Poliovirus In Africa For A Year. 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. (1994). GSEs: Implications of Removing State and Local Tax Exemption (T-GGD-94-182). 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
Mullen, C. R. (2017). Factors Influencing Canadian Power Engineers’ Decision to Pursue Advanced Certification [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2007, October 10). Skeptically, Court Hears Fraud Case. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bray, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Bray, 2003; Miller & Savage, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Miller & Savage, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Blaha et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Aryan et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleResearch in Organizational Behavior
AbbreviationRes. Organ. Behav.
ISSN (print)0191-3085
ScopeOrganizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Social Psychology

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