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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for China Finance and 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.
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
Scott JC (2004) Materials science. Is there an immortal memory? Science 304:62–63
A journal article with 2 authors
Maslin M, Austin P (2012) Uncertainty: Climate models at their limit? Nature 486:183–184
A journal article with 3 authors
Chalancon G, Kruse K, Babu MM (2012) Cell biology. Reconfiguring regulation. Science 335:1050–1051
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Velasquez SM, Ricardi MM, Dorosz JG, et al (2011) O-glycosylated cell wall proteins are essential in root hair growth. Science 332:1401–1403

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Forsberg K, Mansdorf SZ (2005) Quick Selection Guide to Chemical Protective Clothing. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Fang Z, Xu C (charles) (eds) (2014) Near-critical and Supercritical Water and Their Applications for Biorefineries. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Tanaka K, Yamada A, Yasunaga K (2011) Weak Oblivious Transfer from Strong One-Way Functions. In: Boyen X, Chen X (eds) Provable Security: 5th International Conference, ProvSec 2011, Xi’an, China, October 16-18, 2011. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 34–51

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 Finance and Economic Review.

Blog post
O`Callaghan J (2017) SpaceX Plans To Send Two People On A Mission To The Moon In 2018. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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) Federal Aviation Administration: Viability of Current Funding Structure for Aviation Activities and Observations on Funding Provisions of Reauthorization Proposals. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Zhang Y (2017) Toward a Molecular Mechanism of Phase Separation in Disordered Elastin-Like Proteins. Doctoral dissertation, Mississippi State 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
Kenigsberg B (2017) Sami Blood. New York Times C10

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Scott 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Scott 2004; Maslin and Austin 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Maslin and Austin 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Velasquez et al. 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleChina Finance and Economic Review
AbbreviationChina Fin. Econ. Rev.
ISSN (online)2196-5633

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