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
Johnson, Gary. “Signal Transduction. Scaffolding Proteins--More than Meets the Eye.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 295, no. 5558 (February 15, 2002): 1249–50.
A journal article with 2 authors
Roediger, Henry L., 3rd, and Kathleen B. McDermott. “Neuroscience. Remember When?” Science (New York, N.Y.) 333, no. 6038 (July 1, 2011): 47–48.
A journal article with 3 authors
Young, W. R., A. J. Roberts, and G. Stuhne. “Reproductive Pair Correlations and the Clustering of Organisms.” Nature 412, no. 6844 (July 19, 2001): 328–31.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Franzese, G., G. Malescio, A. Skibinsky, S. V. Buldyrev, and H. E. Stanley. “Generic Mechanism for Generating a Liquid-Liquid Phase Transition.” Nature 409, no. 6821 (February 8, 2001): 692–95.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Naylor, Wayne, Diane Laverty, and Jane Mallett. The Royal Marsden Hospital Handbook of Wound Management in Cancer Care. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Science Ltd, 2008.
An edited book
Rebstock, Michael. Ontologies-Based Business Integration. Edited by Janina Fengel and Heiko Paulheim. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Motik, Boris. “Combining Description Logics, Description Graphs, and Rules.” In Conceptual Structures: From Information to Intelligence: 18th International Conference on Conceptual Structures, ICCS 2010, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, July 26-30, 2010. Proceedings, edited by Madalina Croitoru, Sébastien Ferré, and Dickson Lukose, 10–12. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2010.

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. “Dawn Breaks Over Distant Ceres … And Perhaps Reveals Signs Of Habitability.” IFLScience. IFLScience, March 20, 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. “Environmental Satellites: Improvements Needed in NOAA’s Mitigation Strategies as It Prepares for Potential Satellite Coverage Gaps.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, February 12, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Himschoot, Agnes Rose. “Student Perception of Relevance of Biology Content to Everyday Life: A Study in Higher Education Biology Courses.” Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 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. “Film Series.” New York Times, June 29, 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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