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
Heimann, Martin. “Obituary: Charles David Keeling 1928-2005.” Nature 437, no. 7057 (September 15, 2005): 331.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schmidt, Volker, and Ulrich Gösele. “Materials Science. How Nanowires Grow.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 316, no. 5825 (May 4, 2007): 698–99.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tayagaki, Takeshi, Yusuke Hoshi, and Noritaka Usami. “Investigation of the Open-Circuit Voltage in Solar Cells Doped with Quantum Dots.” Scientific Reports 3 (September 26, 2013): 2703.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Dong, Xi-Ping, Philip C. J. Donoghue, Hong Cheng, and Jian-Bo Liu. “Fossil Embryos from the Middle and Late Cambrian Period of Hunan, South China.” Nature 427, no. 6971 (January 15, 2004): 237–40.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ocic, Ozren. Oil Refineries in the 21st Century. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2004.
An edited book
Lopes, Luís, Julius Žilinskas, Alexandru Costan, Roberto G. Cascella, Gabor Kecskemeti, Emmanuel Jeannot, Mario Cannataro, et al., eds. Euro-Par 2014: Parallel Processing Workshops: Euro-Par 2014 International Workshops, Porto, Portugal, August 25-26, 2014, Revised Selected Papers, Part I. Vol. 8805. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Lee, Yeonhee, Wonchul Kang, and Youngseok Lee. “A Hadoop-Based Packet Trace Processing Tool.” In Traffic Monitoring and Analysis: Third International Workshop, TMA 2011, Vienna, Austria, April 27, 2011. Proceedings, edited by Jordi Domingo-Pascual, Yuval Shavitt, and Steve Uhlig, 51–63. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2011.

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
O`Callaghan, Jonathan. “New Hypothesis Could Explain How The ‘Impossible’ EM Drive Works.” IFLScience. IFLScience, April 27, 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. “Administration of the Office of Education’s Student Financial Aid Program.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, April 4, 1974.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Dickens, Joyce R. “The Experience of Recovery from Alcohol/Drugs (AOD).” Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2011.

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
Fausset, Richard. “After Proudly Defying Washington, Hard-Hit Texas Needs Its Aid.” New York Times, September 4, 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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