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
Grossniklaus, U. (2009). Plant science. Paternal patterning cue. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5920), 1439–1440.
A journal article with 2 authors
Both, C., & Visser, M. E. (2001). Adjustment to climate change is constrained by arrival date in a long-distance migrant bird. Nature, 411(6835), 296–298.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu, M., Johnston, M. B., & Snaith, H. J. (2013). Efficient planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells by vapour deposition. Nature, 501(7467), 395–398.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Herbert, S. P., Huisken, J., Kim, T. N., Feldman, M. E., Houseman, B. T., Wang, R. A., et al. (2009). Arterial-venous segregation by selective cell sprouting: an alternative mode of blood vessel formation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5950), 294–298.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
James, L. (2014). Sustainability Footprints in SMEs. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Wen, Z., & Li, T. (Eds.). (2014). Practical Applications of Intelligent Systems: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Intelligent Systems and Knowledge Engineering, Shenzhen, China, Nov 2013 (ISKE 2013) (Vol. 279). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Fouqueré, C. (2011). Ludics and Web: Another Reading of Standard Operations. In A. Lecomte & S. Tronçon (Eds.), Ludics, Dialogue and Interaction: PRELUDE Project - 2006-2009. Revised Selected Papers (pp. 58–77). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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
Andrew, D. (2015, August 31). What Would Asia Look Like If All The Earth’s Ice Melted? 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. (1990). Amtrak: Limited Income From the Revenue Enhancement Program (No. RCED-90-76). 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
Eslava Rios, J. (2015). Automatic melanoma detection in dermatological images (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
Vecsey, G. (2011, November 7). Togetherness Helps Set Winner Apart. New York Times, p. F9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Grossniklaus 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Both and Visser 2001; Grossniklaus 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Both and Visser 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Herbert et al. 2009)

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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