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
Fairley, P. (2015). Energy storage: Power revolution. Nature, 526(7575), S102-4.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sriskantharajah, S., & Ley, S. C. (2010). Cell biology. Turning off inflammation signaling. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5969), 1093–1094.
A journal article with 3 authors
Matsumoto, K., Suzuki, W., & Tanaka, K. (2003). Neuronal correlates of goal-based motor selection in the prefrontal cortex. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5630), 229–232.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Paulot, F., Crounse, J. D., Kjaergaard, H. G., Kürten, A., St Clair, J. M., Seinfeld, J. H., & Wennberg, P. O. (2009). Unexpected epoxide formation in the gas-phase photooxidation of isoprene. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5941), 730–733.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Natsuno, T. (2005). i-Mode Strategy. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Sabbagh, C., & Schmitt, M. (Eds.). (2016). Handbook of Social Justice Theory and Research (1st ed. 2016). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Inazumi, T., & Sugimoto, Y. (2015). Pathophysiological Roles of Prostanoid Receptors in the Central Nervous System. In T. Yokomizo & M. Murakami (Eds.), Bioactive Lipid Mediators: Current Reviews and Protocols (pp. 59–68). Springer Japan.

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
Hamilton, K. (2017, May 5). Placebos Work Even When Patients Know What They Are. 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. (2004). Telecommunications: Issues Related to Federal Funding for Public Television by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (GAO-04-284). 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
Rehan, T. Y. (2016). Analysis of Life-Cycle Cost, Properties, and Field Performance of Parking Lot Pavements [Doctoral dissertation]. Southern Illinois 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
Vecsey, G. (2010, June 28). An Obvious Case For Instant Replay. New York Times, D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fairley, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Fairley, 2015; Sriskantharajah & Ley, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Sriskantharajah & Ley, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Matsumoto et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Paulot et al., 2009)

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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