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
Marín, Oscar. “Journal Club. A Developmental Neurobiologist Looks at How Damage Induces Cell Birth in the Adult Brain.” Nature 465, no. 7297 (May 27, 2010): 401.
A journal article with 2 authors
Herbst, Daniel, and Alexandre Mas. “Peer Effects on Worker Output in the Laboratory Generalize to the Field.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 350, no. 6260 (October 30, 2015): 545–49.
A journal article with 3 authors
Branzei, Dana, Fabio Vanoli, and Marco Foiani. “SUMOylation Regulates Rad18-Mediated Template Switch.” Nature 456, no. 7224 (December 18, 2008): 915–20.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Kim, Seokhee, Juliana C. Malinverni, Piotr Sliz, Thomas J. Silhavy, Stephen C. Harrison, and Daniel Kahne. “Structure and Function of an Essential Component of the Outer Membrane Protein Assembly Machine.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 317, no. 5840 (August 17, 2007): 961–64.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Goering, Herbert, Hans-Görg Roos, and Lutz Tobiska. Die Finite-Elemente-Methode Für Anfänger. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2010.
An edited book
Rosenberg, Eugene, Edward F. DeLong, Stephen Lory, Erko Stackebrandt, and Fabiano Thompson, eds. The Prokaryotes: Prokaryotic Biology and Symbiotic Associations. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Chapple, David G., and Rodney A. Hitchmough. “Biogeography of New Zealand Lizards.” In New Zealand Lizards, edited by David G. Chapple, 109–31. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016.

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
Fang, Janet. “A Quarter of North America’s Birds Haven’t Recovered From West Nile Virus.” IFLScience. IFLScience, November 2, 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. “Medicaid Managed Care: Access and Quality Requirements Specific to Low-Income and Other Special Needs Enrollees.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, December 8, 2004.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Woods, Roger Allen. “Missouri Legislator and Administrator Perceptions of Federal Government Involvement in Education.” Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University, 2017.

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
Norton, Mary Beth. “At War With the Shakers.” New York Times, September 19, 2010.

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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