How to format your references using the Ecological Economics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Ecological Economics. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Michel-Kerjan, E., 2012. How resilient is your country? Nature 491, 497.
A journal article with 2 authors
Xie, J., Black, D.L., 2001. A CaMK IV responsive RNA element mediates depolarization-induced alternative splicing of ion channels. Nature 410, 936–939.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ogata, S., Li, J., Yip, S., 2002. Ideal pure shear strength of aluminum and copper. Science 298, 807–811.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Guo, Q., Kelt, D.A., Sun, Z., Liu, H., Hu, L., Ren, H., Wen, J., 2013. Global variation in elevational diversity patterns. Sci. Rep. 3, 3007.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Staebler, P., 2017. Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Kleiman, J.I. (Ed.), 2006. PROTECTION OF MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES FROM THE SPACE ENVIRONMENT, Space Technology Proceedings. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Mather, J.N., 2011. On the Homology of Haefliger’s Classifying Space, in: Villani, V. (Ed.), Differential Topology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 71–116.

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 Ecological Economics.

Blog post
Andrew, D., 2016. Sloths Aren’t Lazy – Their Slowness Is A Survival Skill [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1994. Tax Systems Modernization: Automated Underreporter Project Shows Need for Human Resource Planning (No. GGD-94-159). 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
Korobenko, A., 2014. Advanced Fluid–Structure Interaction Techniques in Application to Horizontal and Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (Doctoral dissertation). University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

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
Schwartz, J., 2017. Debate on Pulling Back From Paris Climate Deal Could Turn on a Single Phrase. New York Times A17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Michel-Kerjan, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Michel-Kerjan, 2012; Xie and Black, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Xie and Black, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Guo et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleEcological Economics
AbbreviationEcol. Econ.
ISSN (print)0921-8009
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics
General Environmental Science

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