How to format your references using the FinanzArchiv - Public Finance Analysis citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for FinanzArchiv - Public Finance Analysis. 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
Stillman, J.H. (2003), Acclimation capacity underlies susceptibility to climate change, Science (New York, N.Y.), 301, 65.
A journal article with 2 authors
Maslin, M., and Austin, P. (2012), Uncertainty: Climate models at their limit?, Nature, 486, 183–184.
A journal article with 3 authors
Xu, X., Zheng, X., and You, H. (2010), Exceptional dinosaur fossils show ontogenetic development of early feathers, Nature, 464, 1338–1341.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Vigne, J.-D., Guilaine, J., Debue, K., Haye, L., and Gérard, P. (2004), Early taming of the cat in Cyprus, Science (New York, N.Y.), 304, 259.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Grimble, M.J. (2006), Robust Industrial Control Systems, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, England.
An edited book
Leong, S.P.L. (Ed.) (2007), Cancer Metastasis And The Lymphovascular System: Basis For Rational Therapy, Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Gaži, P., and Tessaro, S. (2016), Provably Robust Sponge-Based PRNGs and KDFs, in: Fischlin, M., Coron, J.-S. (Eds.), Advances in Cryptology – EUROCRYPT 2016: 35th Annual International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Cryptographic Techniques, Vienna, Austria, May 8-12, 2016, Proceedings, Part I, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 87–116.

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 FinanzArchiv - Public Finance Analysis.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2016), Doctors Warn Of Drinking Too Much Water When Ill, (Access Date: 2018-10-30).


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 (2008), Intellectual Property: Federal Enforcement Has Generally Increased, but Assessing Performance Could Strengthen Law Enforcement Efforts, No. GAO-08-157.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Sarkissian, L.N. (2009), An examination of course-level factors contributing to student success, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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
Brantley, B. (2016), Considering the Lives That Shape Our Own, New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stillman, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Stillman, 2003; Maslin and Austin, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Maslin and Austin, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Vigne et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleFinanzArchiv - Public Finance Analysis
ISSN (print)0015-2218
ISSN (online)1614-0974

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