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
Petherick, Anna. 2015. “Genome Editing.” Nature 528 (7580): S1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wang, Honggen, and Frank Glorius. 2012. “Chemistry. Lending Handedness to the Cyclopentadienyl Ligand.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 338 (6106): 479–480.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schaller, Torsten, Caroline Goujon, and Michael H. Malim. 2012. “AIDS/HIV. HIV Interplay with SAMHD1.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 335 (6074): 1313–1314.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Meyer, Jannik C., C. O. Girit, M. F. Crommie, and A. Zettl. 2008. “Imaging and Dynamics of Light Atoms and Molecules on Graphene.” Nature 454 (7202): 319–322.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rao, C. Lakshmana, V. Narayanamurthy, and K. R. Y. Simha. 2016. Applied Impact Mechanics. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Trefzer, Martin A. 2015. Evolvable Hardware: From Practice to Application. Edited by Andy M. Tyrrell. 1st ed. 2015. Natural Computing Series. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Dore, Anthony J., Małgorzata Werner, Jane R. Hall, Christopher J. Dore, Stephen Hallsworth, Maciej Kryza, Ron I. Smith, et al. 2014. “Regional Scale Modelling of the Concentration and Deposition of Oxidised and Reduced Nitrogen in the UK.” In Nitrogen Deposition, Critical Loads and Biodiversity, edited by Mark A. Sutton, Kate E. Mason, Lucy J. Sheppard, Harald Sverdrup, Richard Haeuber, and W. Kevin Hicks, 39–47. Dordrecht: 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 China Economic Journal.

Blog post
Andrew, Danielle. 2016. “What Can A 1.7-Million-Year-Old Hominid Fossil Teach Us About Cancer?” 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. 2015. Air Traffic Control: FAA Needs a More Comprehensive Approach to Address Cybersecurity As Agency Transitions to NextGen. GAO-15-370. 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
Crowell, Michael L. 2016. “A Case Study into the Perception of World Language Study of All Stakeholders in a Suburban Midwest School District.” Doctoral dissertation, St. Charles, MO: Lindenwood 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. “School Life.” 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 (Petherick 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Petherick 2015; Wang and Glorius 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Wang and Glorius 2012)
  • Three authors: (Schaller, Goujon, and Malim 2012)
  • 4 or more authors: (Meyer et al. 2008)

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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