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
Robel, A. (2015). Climate science: The long future of Antarctic melting. Nature, 526(7573), 327–328.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jutzi, M., & Asphaug, E. (2015). COMETARY NUCLEI. The shape and structure of cometary nuclei as a result of low-velocity accretion. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348(6241), 1355–1358.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang, Y. G., Pagani, M., & Liu, Z. (2014). Response to Comment on “A 12-million-year temperature history of the tropical Pacific Ocean.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6216), 1467.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ostermann, A., Waschipky, R., Parak, F. G., & Nienhaus, G. U. (2000). Ligand binding and conformational motions in myoglobin. Nature, 404(6774), 205–208.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wassenaar, T. M. (2011). Bacteria. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Budruk, M., & Phillips, R. (Eds.). (2011). Quality-of-Life Community Indicators for Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (Vol. 43). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Lengstorf, J., & Leggetter, P. (2013). Determining the App’s Functionality and Structure. In P. Leggetter (Ed.), Realtime Web Apps: With HTML5 WebSocket, PHP, and jQuery (pp. 65–86). Apress.

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
Taub, B. (2016, November 21). Ancient Mummified Crocodile Found To Be Harboring Dozens Of Babies. 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). Evaluation of Army’s Mobile Subscriber Equipment Program (NSIAD-85-117). 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
Martin, L. K. (2016). Norway leads the world in gender equality and work-life balance: A qualitative life course study of Norwegian women [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine 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
Loomis, G. (2012, December 18). Opera of the Soul, Sparsely Staged. New York Times, 0.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Robel, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Jutzi & Asphaug, 2015; Robel, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Jutzi & Asphaug, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Zhang et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ostermann et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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