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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for China Economic Review. 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, W. B. (2000). Outrageous events: don’t count them out. Science (New York, N.Y.), 290(5492), 715.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bruick, R. K., & McKnight, S. L. (2001). A conserved family of prolyl-4-hydroxylases that modify HIF. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5545), 1337–1340.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zanardi, I., Zifarelli, G., & Pusch, M. (2013). An optical assay of the transport activity of ClC-7. Scientific Reports, 3, 1231.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sankaran, V. G., Menne, T. F., Xu, J., Akie, T. E., Lettre, G., Van Handel, B., … Orkin, S. H. (2008). Human fetal hemoglobin expression is regulated by the developmental stage-specific repressor BCL11A. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5909), 1839–1842.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Faticoni, T. G. (2006). The Mathematics of Infinity. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Rao, R. V. (2012). Mechanical Design Optimization Using Advanced Optimization Techniques. (V. J. Savsani, Ed.). London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Zilberman, D., Sproul, T. W., Sexton, S., & Roland-Holst, D. (2012). The Economics of Zoonotic Diseases: An Application to Avian Flu. In D. Zilberman, J. Otte, D. Roland-Holst, & D. Pfeiffer (Eds.), Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries (pp. 59–76). New York, NY: 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 Review.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2017, May 8). Four Myths About Diabetes Debunked. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2007). Homeland Security: DHS Enterprise Architecture Continues to Evolve but Improvements Needed (No. GAO-07-564). 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
Holbert, M. (2010). Knowledge is power (KIP): Kinship caregiver support group program curriculum (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Beschloss, M. (2017, October 30). The Buck Shouldn’t Stop Here. New York Times, p. BR8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fairley, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Bruick & McKnight, 2001; Fairley, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Bruick & McKnight, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Zanardi, Zifarelli, & Pusch, 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Sankaran et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleChina Economic Review
AbbreviationChina Econ. Rev.
ISSN (print)1043-951X
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics

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