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
Bianchi, Diana W. “Pregnancy: Prepare for Unexpected Prenatal Test Results.” Nature 522, no. 7554 (June 4, 2015): 29–30.
A journal article with 2 authors
Papavasiliou, F. N., and D. G. Schatz. “Cell-Cycle-Regulated DNA Double-Stranded Breaks in Somatic Hypermutation of Immunoglobulin Genes.” Nature 408, no. 6809 (November 9, 2000): 216–21.
A journal article with 3 authors
Parens, Erik, Josephine Johnston, and Jacob Moses. “Ethics. Do We Need ‘Synthetic Bioethics’?” Science (New York, N.Y.) 321, no. 5895 (September 12, 2008): 1449.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Kennedy, James A., Frédéric Barabé, Armando G. Poeppl, Jean C. Y. Wang, and John E. Dick. “Comment on ‘Tumor Growth Need Not Be Driven by Rare Cancer Stem Cells.’” Science (New York, N.Y.) 318, no. 5857 (December 14, 2007): 1722; author reply 1722.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zhang, Yanpeng, Feng Wen, and Min Xiao. Quantum Control of Multi-Wave Mixing. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2013.
An edited book
Bouganis, Thanasis, and Otmar Venjakob, eds. Iwasawa Theory 2012: State of the Art and Recent Advances. Vol. 7. Contributions in Mathematical and Computational Sciences. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Palenik, Brian. “Recent Functional Genomics Studies in Marine Synechococcus.” In Functional Genomics and Evolution of Photosynthetic Systems, edited by Robert Burnap and Wim Vermaas, 103–18. Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 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
Fang, Janet. “Early East Asians Mixed With Neanderthals More Than Once.” IFLScience. IFLScience, February 18, 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. “Screening Partnership Program: TSA Should Issue More Guidance to Airports and Monitor Private versus Federal Screener Performance.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, December 6, 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Mahiko, Joy. “Community Connections: Supporting Rural Youth with Disabilities Who Are Work-Bound.” Doctoral dissertation, Capella 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
(nyt), Sophia Kishkovsky. “World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Breakaway Church In Talks.” New York Times, November 19, 2003.

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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