How to format your references using the China Economic Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for China Economic Journal. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Mervis, J. 2000. “U.S. POSTDOCS: Report Urges Better Treatment, Status.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 289 (5486): 1854b–1855b.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wolfe, Michael S., and Raphael Kopan. 2004. “Intramembrane Proteolysis: Theme and Variations.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 305 (5687): 1119–1123.
A journal article with 3 authors
Basch, Martín L., Marianne Bronner-Fraser, and Martín I. García-Castro. 2006. “Specification of the Neural Crest Occurs during Gastrulation and Requires Pax7.” Nature 441 (7090): 218–222.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Himeno, Misako, Yugo Kitazawa, Tetsuya Yoshida, Kensaku Maejima, Yasuyuki Yamaji, Kenro Oshima, and Shigetou Namba. 2014. “Purple Top Symptoms Are Associated with Reduction of Leaf Cell Death in Phytoplasma-Infected Plants.” Scientific Reports 4 (February): 4111.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chen, Wuwei, Hansong Xiao, Qidong Wang, Linfeng Zhao, and Maofei Zhu. 2016. Integrated Vehicle Dynamics and Control. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Pluvinage, Guy, and Mohamed Hamdy Elwany, eds. 2008. Safety, Reliability and Risks Associated with Water, Oil and Gas Pipelines. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Burke, Maurice, and Paul Kennedy. 2011. “Geogebra.” In Model-Centered Learning: Pathways to Mathematical Understanding Using GeoGebra, edited by Lingguo Bu and Robert Schoen, 57–72. Rotterdam: SensePublishers.

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 China Economic Journal.

Blog post
Andrew, Danielle. 2017. “How Parasites And Bacteria Could Be Changing The Way You Think And Feel.” 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. 1977. Mission Budgeting: Discussion and Illustration of the Concept in Research and Development Programs. PSAD-77-124. 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
Orbinati, Albert G. 2015. “Spirituality and Learning: An Exploration into the Understanding of Spirituality in Adult Education.” Doctoral dissertation, Minneapolis, MN: Capella 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
Kenigsberg, Ben. 2017. “Boris Without Beatrice.” New York Times, September 7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mervis 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Mervis 2000; Wolfe and Kopan 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Wolfe and Kopan 2004)
  • Three authors: (Basch, Bronner-Fraser, and García-Castro 2006)
  • 4 or more authors: (Himeno et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleChina Economic Journal
AbbreviationChina Economic J.
ISSN (print)1753-8963
ISSN (online)1753-8971
ScopeGeneral Economics, Econometrics and Finance
Sociology and Political Science
Cultural Studies

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