How to format your references using the History of Political Economy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for History of Political Economy. 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
Kaiser, J. “ECOLOGY: When Do Many Species Matter?” Science (New York, N.Y.) 289, no. 5483 (August 25, 2000): 1283.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tzeng, Shiou-Ru, and Charalampos G. Kalodimos. “Protein Activity Regulation by Conformational Entropy.” Nature 488, no. 7410 (August 9, 2012): 236–40.
A journal article with 3 authors
Asphaug, Erik, Craig B. Agnor, and Quentin Williams. “Hit-and-Run Planetary Collisions.” Nature 439, no. 7073 (January 12, 2006): 155–60.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Gur, Ilan, Neil A. Fromer, Michael L. Geier, and A. Paul Alivisatos. “Air-Stable All-Inorganic Nanocrystal Solar Cells Processed from Solution.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 310, no. 5747 (October 21, 2005): 462–65.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Abran, Alain. Software Project Estimation. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2015.
An edited book
Buhl, Svend. Henbury Craters and Meteorites: Their Discovery, History and Study. Edited by Don McColl. 2nd ed. 2015. GeoGuide. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Amos, Trevor L., Neren Rau, and C. Richard Scott. “Marketing to the Youth in South Africa: An International Comparison of the Aspirations of Higher Education Students.” In Proceedings of the 1998 Multicultural Marketing Conference, edited by Jean-Charles Chebat and A. Ben Oumlil, 30–44. Developments in Marketing Science: Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015.

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 History of Political Economy.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. “Here’s How You Can See Subatomic Particles At Home.” IFLScience. IFLScience, July 31, 2015.


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. “Telecommunications: GSA Should Improve Oversight of Small Business Contracting.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, July 9, 1991.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Cruz, Wendy. “Extended Services Post Reunification to Enhance Parent-Child Attachments: A Grant Proposal.” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2009.

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
Becker, J. O., Matt Apuzzo, and Adam Goldman. “Trump Team Met Russian Offering Dirt on Clinton.” New York Times, July 9, 2017.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text

About the journal

Full journal titleHistory of Political Economy
AbbreviationHist. Polit. Econ.
ISSN (print)0018-2702
ISSN (online)1527-1919
Economics and Econometrics

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