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
Chapman, Tim. 2003. “Scanning the Surface.” Nature 425 (6960): 873.
A journal article with 2 authors
Orszag, J. Michael, and Peter R. Orszag. 2005. “Economics. Individual Accounts: Lessons from International Experience.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 309 (5732): 250–251.
A journal article with 3 authors
Holland, Greg, Martin Cassidy, and Chris J. Ballentine. 2009. “Meteorite Kr in Earth’s Mantle Suggests a Late Accretionary Source for the Atmosphere.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 326 (5959): 1522–1525.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Liu, R., C. Ji, J. J. Mock, J. Y. Chin, T. J. Cui, and D. R. Smith. 2009. “Broadband Ground-Plane Cloak.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 323 (5912): 366–369.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Alberty, Robert A. 2006. Biochemical Thermodynamics: Applications of Mathmatica. Methods of Biochemical Analysis. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Dikshit, K. R. 2014. North-East India: Land, People and Economy. Edited by Jutta K. Dikshit. Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Tscherning, Heidi, and Lars Mathiassen. 2010. “The Role of Social Networks in Early Adoption of Mobile Devices.” In Human Benefit through the Diffusion of Information Systems Design Science Research: IFIP WG 8.2/8.6 International Working Conference, Perth, Australia, March 30 – April 1, 2010. Proceedings, edited by Jan Pries-Heje, John Venable, Deborah Bunker, Nancy L. Russo, and Janice I. DeGross, 52–70. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 China Economic Journal.

Blog post
Taub, Ben. 2016. “New Evidence Suggests Humans May Have Pushed The ‘Hobbit’ People To Extinction.” 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. 1985. Second-Year Implementation of the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act in the Department of Education. HRD-85-78. 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
Aguilar, Michelle. 2010. “Latina Single Mothers: Perspectives on Parenting.” Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: 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
KELLY STEWART; Kelly Stewart is a primatologist at Cambridge University. She has studied the behavior, ecology, and Conservation of Mountain. 1988. “CHRONICLES OF THE PUMPHOUSE GANG.” New York Times, January 10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chapman 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Chapman 2003; Orszag and Orszag 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Orszag and Orszag 2005)
  • Three authors: (Holland, Cassidy, and Ballentine 2009)
  • 4 or more authors: (Liu et al. 2009)

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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