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
Vidale, J.E., 2001. Geophysics. Peeling back the layers in Earth’s mantle. Science 294, 313.
A journal article with 2 authors
Merikangas, K.R., Risch, N., 2003. Genomic priorities and public health. Science 302, 599–601.
A journal article with 3 authors
Esper, J., Cook, E.R., Schweingruber, F.H., 2002. Low-frequency signals in long tree-ring chronologies for reconstructing past temperature variability. Science 295, 2250–2253.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lefèvre, F., Bertaux, J.-L., Clancy, R.T., Encrenaz, T., Fast, K., Forget, F., Lebonnois, S., Montmessin, F., Perrier, S., 2008. Heterogeneous chemistry in the atmosphere of Mars. Nature 454, 971–975.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Biegelman, M.T., 2013. Faces of Fraud. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Chokroverty, S., Billiard, M. (Eds.), 2015. Sleep Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide to Its Development, Clinical Milestones, and Advances in Treatment, 1st ed. 2015. ed. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Chow, S.S.M., Franklin, M., Zhang, H., 2014. Practical Dual-Receiver Encryption, in: Benaloh, J. (Ed.), Topics in Cryptology – CT-RSA 2014: The Cryptographer’s Track at the RSA Conference 2014, San Francisco, CA, USA, February 25-28, 2014. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 85–105.

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
Luntz, S., 2014. Journal Accepts Paper Reading “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List” [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, 2003. Transmittal of Comptroller General Decision on the Transportation Security Administration’s Time and Attendance Approval System (No. GAO-03-532R). 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
Nguyen, C., 2010. A psychoeducational support group for Vietnamese American family caregivers of stroke survivors: Grant writing thesis proposal (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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., 2016. Oh, Forget That Love Stuff. All You Need Is Selfishness. New York Times C2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Vidale, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Merikangas and Risch, 2003; Vidale, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Merikangas and Risch, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Lefèvre et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

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