How to format your references using the International Review of Economics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Review of Economics. 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
Hillmyer MA (2007) Materials science. Micelles made to order. Science 317:604–605
A journal article with 2 authors
Lee BW, Clark NA (2001) Alignment of liquid crystals with patterned isotropic surfaces. Science 291:2576–2580
A journal article with 3 authors
Lee MG, Park HS, Hwang HS (2010) Detection of a large-scale structure of intracluster globular clusters in the Virgo cluster. Science 328:334–336
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Ray SC, Soin N, Makgato T, et al (2014) Graphene supported graphone/graphane bilayer nanostructure material for spintronics. Sci Rep 4:3862

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ji Z-G (2017) Hydrodynamics and Water Quality. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Kunkel JM, Balaji P, Dongarra J (eds) (2016) High Performance Computing: 31st International Conference, ISC High Performance 2016, Frankfurt, Germany, June 19-23, 2016, Proceedings. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Lindquist S, Allendoerfer KL (2009) Simple Cellular Solutions to Complex Problems. In: George-Hyslop PHS, Mobley WCC, Christen Y (eds) Intracellular Traffic and Neurodegenerative Disorders. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 41–57

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 International Review of Economics.

Blog post
Davis J (2016) Thai Police Charge 22 People From The Tiger Temple With Wildlife Trafficking. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (2013) Public Transit: Survey of Public Transit Agency Officials on Contracting Out Public Transit Operations and Other Services (GAO-13-824SP, September 2013), an E-supplement to GAO-13-782. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Gupta P (2017) Enhanced acquisition of data in the presence of transfaulty nodes in a wireless sensor network. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Brantley B (2017) A ‘Torch’ Still Sears. New York Times C1

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Hillmyer 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Lee and Clark 2001; Hillmyer 2007).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Lee and Clark 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Ray et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Review of Economics
AbbreviationInt. Rev. Econ.
ISSN (print)1865-1704
ISSN (online)1863-4613
ScopeGeneral Economics, Econometrics and Finance

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