How to format your references using the International Tax and Public Finance citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Tax and Public Finance. 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
Codispoti, L. A. (2010). Oceans. Interesting times for marine N2O. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5971), 1339–1340.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fedo, C. M., & Whitehouse, M. J. (2002). Metasomatic origin of quartz-pyroxene rock, Akilia, Greenland, and implications for Earth’s earliest life. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5572), 1448–1452.
A journal article with 3 authors
Matsumoto, K., Suzuki, W., & Tanaka, K. (2003). Neuronal correlates of goal-based motor selection in the prefrontal cortex. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5630), 229–232.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wilf, P., Labandeira, C. C., Johnson, K. R., & Ellis, B. (2006). Decoupled plant and insect diversity after the end-Cretaceous extinction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5790), 1112–1115.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dujmović, D., Androić, B., & Lukačević, I. (2014). Composite Structures According to Eurocode 4. D-69451 Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH.
An edited book
Amin, Z., Tobis, J. M., Sievert, H., & Carroll, J. D. (Eds.). (2015). Patent Foramen Ovale. London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Do, L. L. T. N., Nguyen Do, L. L. T., Axe, J. B., McKnight, C., Ball, C. R., Hall, J. N., et al. (2011). 2004 Education for All Handicapped Children Act. In S. Goldstein & J. A. Naglieri (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development (pp. 547–547). Boston, MA: Springer US.

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 Tax and Public Finance.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2016, May 20). Why Is Panda Poop Gooey In The Summertime? IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (2012). Planning and Flexibility Are Key to Effectively Deploying Broadband Conduit through Federal Highway Projects (No. GAO-12-687R). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Reyes, J. (2009). Connections: A grant proposal for mothers struggling with substance abuse in the child welfare system (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
Burghardt, L. F. (2005, November 20). Climbing the Walls Beats Cabin Fever. New York Times, p. 14LI16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Codispoti 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Codispoti 2010; Fedo and Whitehouse 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Fedo and Whitehouse 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Wilf et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Tax and Public Finance
AbbreviationInt. Tax Publ. Fin.
ISSN (print)0927-5940
ISSN (online)1573-6970
Economics and Econometrics

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