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
McNamara BR (2013) Astronomy. Feedback on galaxy formation. Science 341:1073–1075
A journal article with 2 authors
Lujambio A, Lowe SW (2012) The microcosmos of cancer. Nature 482:347–355
A journal article with 3 authors
Weaver BAA, Silk AD, Cleveland DW (2006) Cell biology: nondisjunction, aneuploidy and tetraploidy. Nature 442:E9-10; discussion E10
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Nakayama H, Shiraki A, Hirayama R, et al (2013) Three-dimensional volume containing multiple two-dimensional information patterns. Sci Rep 3:1931

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pashley RM, Karaman ME (2005) Applied Colloid and Surface Chemistry. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Fossen TI, Nijmeijer H (eds) (2012) Parametric Resonance in Dynamical Systems. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Carr LP, Nanni AJ (2009) Delivering Results Context. In: Nanni AJ Jr (ed) Delivering Results: Managing What Matters. Springer US, New York, NY, pp 41–57

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
Hale T (2017) Motorcyclists Appear To Come Across A “Tribesman” In Indonesian Forest. 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 (1993) High Speed Ground Transportation: Financial Barriers to Development. 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
Cashion AT (2010) Exploring Dielectric Absorption: Data Collection System Development. Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina

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
Kishkovsky S (2005) Moscow: A Boom Town For Shiny New Theaters. New York Times E3

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McNamara 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Lujambio and Lowe 2012; McNamara 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Lujambio and Lowe 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Nakayama et al. 2013)

About the journal

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

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