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
Buchen L (2011) Cancer: Missing the mark. Nature 471:428–432
A journal article with 2 authors
Clark AG, Messer PW (2015) Evolutionary genomics. Conundrum of jumbled mosquito genomes. Science 347:27–28
A journal article with 3 authors
van Loenhout MTJ, de Grunt MV, Dekker C (2012) Dynamics of DNA supercoils. Science 338:94–97
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Kassen R, Buckling A, Bell G, Rainey PB (2000) Diversity peaks at intermediate productivity in a laboratory microcosm. Nature 406:508–512

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kasper S, Montgomery S (2013) Treatment-resistant Depression. John Wiley & Sons, Oxford
An edited book
Garg A (ed) (2015) Dyslipidemias: Pathophysiology, Evaluation and Management. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
A chapter in an edited book
Dovey J, Furrow A (2012) Objective-C Language Features. In: Furrow A (ed) Beginning Objective-C. Apress, Berkeley, CA, pp 75–105

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 E (2014) Possible Preserved Brain Matter Discovered Within 8,000 Year Old Skull. 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) Telecommunications: FCC’s Oversight Efforts to Control Cross-Subsidization. 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
Bobadilla J (2014) Helping at-risk youth through a preventative program. 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
Wagner J (2016) Dodgers Rally, Then Call Upon Their Ace in 9th to Advance. New York Times B10

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Buchen 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Buchen 2011; Clark and Messer 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Clark and Messer 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Kassen et al. 2000)

About the journal

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

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