How to format your references using the Investigaciones de Historia Económica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Investigaciones de Historia Económica. 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
Melhuish, E.C., 2011. Education. Preschool matters. Science 333, 299–300.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dominy, N.J., Lucas, P.W., 2001. Ecological importance of trichromatic vision to primates. Nature 410, 363–366.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fried, S.D., Bagchi, S., Boxer, S.G., 2014. Extreme electric fields power catalysis in the active site of ketosteroid isomerase. Science 346, 1510–1514.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Rieger, R.M., Ladurner, P., Hobmayer, B., Martindale, M.Q., Finnerty, J.R., 2005. A Clue to the Origin of the Bilateria? Science 307, 353c–355c.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety, 2010. A Practical Approach to Hazard Identification for Operations and Maintenance Workers. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Kamolz, L.-P., Jeschke, M.G., Horch, R.E., Küntscher, M., Brychta, P. (Eds.), 2012. Handbook of Burns: Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Volume 2. Springer, Vienna.
A chapter in an edited book
Shreenath, K.N., Srinivasa, K.G., 2013. Energy Efficient Medium Access Protocol for Clustered Wireless Sensor Networks, in: Chaki, N., Meghanathan, N., Nagamalai, D. (Eds.), Computer Networks & Communications (NetCom): Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Networks & Communications, Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 37–46.

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 Investigaciones de Historia Económica.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Tooth Enamel Provides Clues On Tsetse Flies And The Spread Of Herding In Ancient Africa [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, 1993. U.S. Trade and Development Agency: Limitations Exist in Its Ability to Help Generate U.S. Exports (No. GGD-94-9). 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
Ilag, G.M., 2014. An examination of the entity participants’ collaborative partnerships within the United Nations Global Compact (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Sisario, B., 2017. Streaming Services Struggle to Root Out Music That Incites Hatred. New York Times B5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Melhuish, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Dominy and Lucas, 2001; Melhuish, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Dominy and Lucas, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Rieger et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleInvestigaciones de Historia Económica
ISSN (print)1698-6989
Economics and Econometrics

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