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
Finkel, E. (2000). SCIENCE FUNDING: Australian Researchers Go for the Gold. Science (New York, N.Y.), 290(5490), 255–257.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yeomans, D. K., & Veverka, J. (2004). Obituary: Fred Lawrence Whipple (1906-2004). Nature, 432(7013), 31.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kim, S., Ubel, P., & De Vries, R. (2009). Pruning the regulatory tree. Nature, 457(7229), 534–535.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kramer, J., Obejero-Paz, C. A., Myatt, G., Kuryshev, Y. A., Bruening-Wright, A., Verducci, J. S., & Brown, A. M. (2013). MICE models: superior to the HERG model in predicting Torsade de Pointes. Scientific Reports, 3, 2100.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dubil, R. (2011). Financial Engineering and Arbitrage in the Financial Markets. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Harris, D. (Ed.). (2011). Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics: 9th International Conference, EPCE 2011, Held as Part of HCI International 2011, Orlando, FL, USA, July 9-14, 2011. Proceedings (Vol. 6781). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gordon, S. M., & Buchwald, M. (2006). The FANCC Gene and Its Products. In S. H. Kirk (Ed.), Molecular Mechanisms of Fanconi Anemia (pp. 36–53). Springer US.

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
Evans, K. (2017, May 31). Anxiety Makes It Harder To Read People’s Emotions. 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. (1995). Combined Fund Update (HEHS-95-166R). 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
Murray, E. (2012). California community college athletic directors lived experience and perceptions about financing issues with athletic programs [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Kershner, I., Goldman, A., Blinder, A., & Pérez-Peña, R. (2017, March 23). Teenager in Israel Is Arrested in Threats to U.S. Jewish Centers. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Finkel, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Finkel, 2000; Yeomans & Veverka, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Yeomans & Veverka, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Kim et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kramer et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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