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
Zhang C-T (2013) A novel triangle mapping technique to study the h-index based citation distribution. Sci Rep 3:1023
A journal article with 2 authors
Griffin AS, West SA (2003) Kin discrimination and the benefit of helping in cooperatively breeding vertebrates. Science 302:634–636
A journal article with 3 authors
Chien KR, Moretti A, Laugwitz K-L (2004) Development. ES cells to the rescue. Science 306:239–240
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Iyer R, Iverson TM, Accardi A, Miller C (2002) A biological role for prokaryotic ClC chloride channels. Nature 419:715–718

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lalanne C (2014) Sinusoidal Vibration. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Zwaag S van der (ed) (2007) Self Healing Materials: An Alternative Approach to 20 Centuries of Materials Science. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Hwang Y-S, Kearney P (2015) Study Two: Mindfulness Intervention for Children. In: Kearney P (ed) A Mindfulness Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: New Directions in Research and Practice. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 93–125

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
Andrew D (2016) How An Old Antidepressant Could Provide The Next Brain Cancer Breakthrough. 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 (2009) School Meal Programs: Experiences of the States and Districts That Eliminated Reduced-price Fees. 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
Haghighat R (2015) An optimization model to allocate budget in school rehabilitation projects. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Medellín RA, Melnick DJ, Pearl MC (2014) Protect Our Bats. New York Times A23

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Zhang 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Griffin and West 2003; Zhang 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Griffin and West 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Iyer et al. 2002)

About the journal

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

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