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
Retallack, G. J. (2001). A 300-million-year record of atmospheric carbon dioxide from fossil plant cuticles. Nature, 411(6835), 287–290.
A journal article with 2 authors
van Ginneken, V. J., & van den Thillart, G. E. (2000). Eel fat stores are enough to reach the Sargasso. Nature, 403(6766), 156–157.
A journal article with 3 authors
Han, J. S., Szak, S. T., & Boeke, J. D. (2004). Transcriptional disruption by the L1 retrotransposon and implications for mammalian transcriptomes. Nature, 429(6989), 268–274.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yang, J., Zhu, X., Wolf, T. J. A., Li, Z., Nunes, J. P. F., Coffee, R., Cryan, J. P., Gühr, M., Hegazy, K., Heinz, T. F., Jobe, K., Li, R., Shen, X., Veccione, T., Weathersby, S., Wilkin, K. J., Yoneda, C., Zheng, Q., Martinez, T. J., … Wang, X. (2018). Imaging CF3I conical intersection and photodissociation dynamics with ultrafast electron diffraction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 361(6397), 64–67.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Toy, M. (2012). Networks and Services. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Young, R. A. (2011). Transition to Adulthood: Action, Projects, and Counseling (S. K. Marshall, L. Valach, J. F. Domene, M. D. Graham, & A. Zaidman-Zait, Eds.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Friedrich, P., & Piesch, C. (2007). Housing Markets and Policies in the Munich Metropolitan Area. In Å. E. Andersson, L. Pettersson, & U. Strömquist (Eds.), European Metropolitan Housing Markets (pp. 85–120). 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
O`Callaghan, J. (2017, January 19). Check Out These Amazing Photos Of SpaceX’s Latest Super-Accurate Rocket Landing. 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. (1994). [Comments on DOD Data Center Consolidation Plan] (B-256497). 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
Raynor, S. L. (2017). A Critical Quantitative Examination of the Relationship between Constructs of Engagement and Latino College Completion [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington 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
Nuila, R. (2017, May 26). Medical Misfits. New York Times, SR1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Retallack, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Retallack, 2001; van Ginneken & van den Thillart, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (van Ginneken & van den Thillart, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Han et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Yang et al., 2018)

About the journal

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

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