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
Declercq, G. (2005). Comment on “How science survived: medieval manuscripts’’ ‘demography’ and classic texts’ extinction".” Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5754), 1618; author reply 1618.
A journal article with 2 authors
Martin, P., & Parkhurst, S. M. (2003). Development. May the force be with you. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5616), 63–65.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mayle, F. E., Burbridge, R., & Killeen, T. J. (2000). Millennial-scale dynamics of southern Amazonian rain forests. Science (New York, N.Y.), 290(5500), 2291–2294.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ogata, J., Kanno, Y., Itoh, Y., Tsugawa, H., & Suzuki, M. (2005). Plant biochemistry: anthocyanin biosynthesis in roses. Nature, 435(7043), 757–758.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Greenspan, D. (2008). Numerical Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH.
An edited book
Rachev, S. T. (2013). The Methods of Distances in the Theory of Probability and Statistics. (L. B. Klebanov, S. V. Stoyanov, & F. Fabozzi, Eds.). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Goerger, S. R., Wong, E. Y., Henderson, D. L., Sperling, B. K., & Bland, W. (2011). The Casualty Assistance Readiness Enhancement System: A Case Study in Rapid Prototyping and Design for Flexibility. In S. Assar, I. Boughzala, & I. Boydens (Eds.), Practical Studies in E-Government: Best Practices from Around the World (pp. 49–70). New York, NY: 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 Research in Organizational Behavior.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2017, March 23). New Glasses May Allow The Wearer To See Colors Not Usually Visible. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2014). Federal Vehicle Fleets: GSA Has Opportunities to Further Encourage Cost Savings for Leased Vehicles (No. GAO-14-443). Washington, DC: 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
Beck, K. (2011). Comparing high school physics standards: What is included and what is not (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Kanter, J., & Kitsantonis, N. (2017, March 20). Tough Act to Follow. New York Times, p. B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Declercq, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Declercq, 2005; Martin & Parkhurst, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Martin & Parkhurst, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Mayle, Burbridge, & Killeen, 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ogata, Kanno, Itoh, Tsugawa, & Suzuki, 2005)

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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