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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Review of Economics Education. 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
Garrett, L., 2012. Global health hits crisis point. Nature 482, 7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Buzsáki, G., Draguhn, A., 2004. Neuronal oscillations in cortical networks. Science 304, 1926–1929.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhou, Z., Clarke, J.A., Zhang, F., 2002. Archaeoraptor’s better half. Nature 420, 285.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Koster, D.A., Croquette, V., Dekker, C., Shuman, S., Dekker, N.H., 2005. Friction and torque govern the relaxation of DNA supercoils by eukaryotic topoisomerase IB. Nature 434, 671–674.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Golding, P., 2005. Next Generation Wireless Applications. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Casario, M., 2009. The Essential Guide to Flash CS4 AIR Development. Apress, Berkeley, CA.
A chapter in an edited book
Le Guernic, G., 2007. Information Flow Testing, in: Cervesato, I. (Ed.), Advances in Computer Science – ASIAN 2007. Computer and Network Security: 12th Asian Computing Science Conference, Doha, Qatar, December 9-11, 2007. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 33–47.

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 Education.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. How Black Slaves Were Routinely Sold As ‘Specimens’ To Ambitious White Doctors [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2014. Screening Partnership Program: TSA Has Improved Application Guidance and Monitoring of Screener Performance, and Continues to Improve Cost Comparison Methods (No. GAO-14-787T). 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
Green, S.W., 2015. The influence of satisfaction among African American males on community college choices (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Troy, T., 2017. How Conservatives Can Find Their Way. New York Times SR3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Garrett, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Buzsáki and Draguhn, 2004; Garrett, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Buzsáki and Draguhn, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Koster et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Review of Economics Education
AbbreviationInt. Rev. Econ. Educ.
ISSN (print)1477-3880

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