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
Niiler, Eric. “Good Neighbours.” Nature 426, no. 6967 (December 11, 2003): 690–94.
A journal article with 2 authors
Grabbe, Caroline, and Ivan Dikic. “Cell Biology. Going Global on Ubiquitin.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 322, no. 5903 (November 7, 2008): 872–73.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mendell, Joshua T., Colette M. J. ap Rhys, and Harry C. Dietz. “Separable Roles for Rent1/HUpf1 in Altered Splicing and Decay of Nonsense Transcripts.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 298, no. 5592 (October 11, 2002): 419–22.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Sockolosky, Jonathan T., Eleonora Trotta, Giulia Parisi, Lora Picton, Leon L. Su, Alan C. Le, Akanksha Chhabra, et al. “Selective Targeting of Engineered T Cells Using Orthogonal IL-2 Cytokine-Receptor Complexes.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 359, no. 6379 (March 2, 2018): 1037–42.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Iosifescu, Marius, Nikolaos Limnios, and Gheorghe Oprişan. Introduction to Stochastic Models. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2010.
An edited book
Alston, Julian M. Persistence Pays: U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth and the Benefits from Public R&D Spending. Edited by Matthew A. Andersen, Jennifer S. James, and Philip G. Pardey. Vol. 34. Natural Resource Management and Policy. New York, NY: Springer, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Tian, Yuan, Haofen Wang, Wei Jin, Yuan Ni, and Yong Yu. “A Pattern-Based Approach for Efficient Query Processing over RDF Data.” In Transactions on Large-Scale Data- and Knowledge-Centered Systems V, edited by Abdelkader Hameurlain, Josef Küng, and Roland Wagner, 70–90. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2012.

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
Luntz, Stephen. “Insects Have Been Carrying Camouflage Since The Dinosaurs.” IFLScience. IFLScience, June 24, 2016.


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. “Aviation Security: Implementation of Recommendations Is Under Way, but Completion Will Take Several Years.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, April 24, 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Gamez, Tania Elizabeth. “Preventing Child Maltreatment among Children with Non-Resident Fathers: A Grant Proposal.” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2012.

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
Kenigsberg, Ben. “Starless Dreams.” New York Times, January 19, 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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