How to format your references using the Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft. 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
Kagan JC (2013) Immunology. Sensing endotoxins from within. Science 341:1184–1185
A journal article with 2 authors
Kamena F, Spang A (2004) Tip20p prohibits back-fusion of COPII vesicles with the endoplasmic reticulum. Science 304:286–289
A journal article with 3 authors
Finnegan NJ, Schumer R, Finnegan S (2014) A signature of transience in bedrock river incision rates over timescales of 10(4)-10(7) years. Nature 505:391–394
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Mao D, Liu X, Sun Z, et al (2013) Flexible high-repetition-rate ultrafast fiber laser. Sci Rep 3:3223

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rigby KA (2013) Aircraft Systems Integration of Air-Launched Weapons. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Sarkar M (2013) A Biologically Inspired CMOS Image Sensor. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Sachdev U, Tzeng E (2014) Tips on Maintaining an Effective Lab Notebook for Bench Research. In: Kibbe MR, LeMaire SA (eds) Success in Academic Surgery: Basic Science. Springer, London, pp 51–63

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 Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft.

Blog post
Hale T (2016) Can You Spot The Mistake In This Simple Viral Puzzle? In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1998) District of Columbia Public Schools: Availability of Funds and the Cost of FY 1997 Roof Projects. 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
Lyngarkos B (2015) Examination of the relative importance of website elements for users of manufacturers representative websites. Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University

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
Thomas K (2011) Ready to Take a Faithful Leap. New York Times ST6

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kagan 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Kamena and Spang 2004; Kagan 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Kamena and Spang 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Mao et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft
AbbreviationRev. Reg. Res.
ISSN (print)0173-7600
ISSN (online)1613-9836
ScopeGeography, Planning and Development

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