How to format your references using the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Kargel, Jeffrey S. 2004. “Planetary Science. Proof for Water, Hints of Life?” Science (New York, N.Y.) 306 (5702): 1689–1691.
A journal article with 2 authors
Osborn, Timothy J., and Keith R. Briffa. 2004. “Climate. The Real Color of Climate Change?” Science (New York, N.Y.) 306 (5696): 621–622.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cooper, Timothy F., Rebecca A. O’Leary, and Janice M. Lough. 2012. “Growth of Western Australian Corals in the Anthropocene.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 335 (6068): 593–596.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Yang, Yong, Peng-Peng Wang, Zhi-Cheng Zhang, Hui-Ling Liu, Jingchao Zhang, Jing Zhuang, and Xun Wang. 2013. “Nanowire Membrane-Based Nanothermite: Towards Processable and Tunable Interfacial Diffusion for Solid State Reactions.” Scientific Reports 3: 1694.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Samuel, G. Robello. 2010. Formulas and Calculations for Drilling Operations. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Stenström, Per, ed. 2011. Transactions on High-Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilers IV. Vol. 6760. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Isabelle, Aaron D., and Nataly Z. Valle. 2016. “Engineering.” In Inspiring STEM Minds: Biographies and Activities for Elementary Classrooms, edited by Nataly Z. Valle, 103–122. Rotterdam: SensePublishers.

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 Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2015. “Study Suggests There Are Only Two Subspecies of Tigers.” IFLScience. IFLScience.


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. 2017. Information Technology: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Needs to Strengthen Its Strategic Planning and Oversight to Modernize Legacy Systems. GAO-17-488. 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
Rodriguez, Elizabeth P. 2014. “Curriculum Development for Nursing Assistants: Pressure Ulcer Prevention Module.” Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Rawlence, Ben. 2017. “The First Rule of Book Club Is . . .” New York Times, January 27.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kargel 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Kargel 2004; Osborn and Briffa 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Osborn and Briffa 2004)
  • Three authors: (Cooper, O’Leary, and Lough 2012)
  • 4 or more authors: (Yang et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies
ISSN (print)1476-5284
ISSN (online)1476-5292
ScopeGeneral Economics, Econometrics and Finance

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