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
McFiggans G (2014) Atmospheric science: Involatile particles from rapid oxidation. Nature 506:442–443
A journal article with 2 authors
Grüter T, Carbon C-C (2010) Neuroscience. Escaping attention. Science 328:435–436
A journal article with 3 authors
Czaplicka A, Holyst JA, Sloot PMA (2013) Noise enhances information transfer in hierarchical networks. Sci Rep 3:1223
A journal article with 5 or more authors
He H, Wang Y, Ma Q, et al (2014) Mineral dust and NOx promote the conversion of SO2 to sulfate in heavy pollution days. Sci Rep 4:4172

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Warnock G, Ghafary M, Shaheen G (2015) Alcatel-Lucent Service Routing Architect (SRA) Self-Study Guide. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Indianapolis, IN, USA
An edited book
Moreno A (2015) Biological Autonomy: A Philosophical and Theoretical Enquiry. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Levy PD, Wheatley MA (2012) Quality and Operational Metrics in Heart Failure. In: Peacock WF (ed) Short Stay Management of Acute Heart Failure. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, pp 45–58

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
Fang J (2014) Astronomers Catch Surprise “Eclipse” Of Jupiter’s Moons. 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 (1998) Federal Research: Information on the Advanced Technology Program’s 1997 Award Selection. 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
Trahan MW (2015) Large-scale 20th Century Warming Identified in the East Siberian Arctic Using Tree-ring Carbon Isotope Records. Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana

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
Feeney K (2007) Sublime Indian Sweets. New York Times NJ9

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McFiggans 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Grüter and Carbon 2010; McFiggans 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Grüter and Carbon 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (He et al. 2014)

About the journal

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

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