How to format your references using the Cambridge Journal of Economics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cambridge Journal of Economics (CJE). 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
Hatten, M. E. 2002. New directions in neuronal migration, Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 297, no. 5587, 1660–63
A journal article with 2 authors
Surani, A. and Tischler, J. 2012. Stem cells: a sporadic super state, Nature, vol. 487, no. 7405, 43–45
A journal article with 3 authors
Su, D., Dou, S., and Wang, G. 2014. Single crystalline Co3O4 nanocrystals exposed with different crystal planes for Li-O2 batteries, Scientific reports, vol. 4, 5767
A journal article with 15 or more authors
Nel, A., Xia, T., Mädler, L., and Li, N. 2006. Toxic potential of materials at the nanolevel, Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 311, no. 5761, 622–27

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dubé, J. and Legros, D. 2014. Spatial Econometrics Using Microdata, Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hua, G. and Jégou, H. (eds.). 2016. Computer Vision – ECCV 2016 Workshops: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 8-10 and 15-16, 2016, Proceedings, Part III, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Cham, Springer International Publishing
A chapter in an edited book
Kurtenbach, S., Mannheim, T., Hüsing, M., and Corves, B. 2014. Content and Realization of Education in Mechanism Theory at RWTH Aachen University, pp. 39–46, in García-Prada, J. C. and Castejón, C. (eds.), New Trends in Educational Activity in the Field of Mechanism and Machine Theory, Cham, Springer International Publishing

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 Cambridge Journal of Economics.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. 2016. Two Children in Every Class Start School With An Unexplained Language Disorder, IFLScience, (date last accessed 30 October 2018)


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. 1988. Pell Grants: Who Receives Them and What Would Larger Grants Cost? U.S. Government Printing Office HRD-88-106BR

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Caltrider, C. S. 2017. ‘Critical Pedagogy Unit of Ceramics Instruction: Fostering Civic Engagement in California High School Students’, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Gustines, G. G. 2015. Iceman Comes Out, New York Times, C3

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hatten, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Hatten, 2002; Surani and Tischler, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Surani and Tischler, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Nel et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleCambridge Journal of Economics
ISSN (print)0309-166X

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