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
Hirth, Greg. 2014. “Earth Science: Missing Link in Mantle Dynamics.” Nature 507 (7490): 42–43.
A journal article with 2 authors
Blau, Werner J., and Alexander J. Fleming. 2004. “Materials Science. Designer Nanotubes by Molecular Self-Assembly.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 304 (5676): 1457–1458.
A journal article with 3 authors
Selmecki, Anna, Anja Forche, and Judith Berman. 2006. “Aneuploidy and Isochromosome Formation in Drug-Resistant Candida Albicans.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 313 (5785): 367–370.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Nott, Alexi, P. Marc Watson, James D. Robinson, Luca Crepaldi, and Antonella Riccio. 2008. “S-Nitrosylation of Histone Deacetylase 2 Induces Chromatin Remodelling in Neurons.” Nature 455 (7211): 411–415.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rubin, Andrey B. 2014. Fundamentals of Biophysics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
O’Connell, Daniel C. 2008. Communicating with One Another: Toward a Psychology of Spontaneous Spoken Discourse. Edited by Sabine Kowal. Cognition and Language: A Series in Psycholinguistics. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Botsch, Mario, David Bommes, and Leif Kobbelt. 2005. “Efficient Linear System Solvers for Mesh Processing.” In Mathematics of Surfaces XI: 11th IMA International Conference, Loughborough, UK, September 5-7, 2005. Proceedings, edited by Ralph Martin, Helmut Bez, and Malcolm Sabin, 62–83. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 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 Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, Jonathan. 2017. “Huge Mysterious Structure Spotted On Venus.” 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. 1979. Citizenship and Residency Requirements for Government Student Loans. FGMSD-80-25. 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
Martinez, Nelly M. 2010. “The Influence of Formal and Informal Support on the Quality of Life of Individuals with a Severe Mental Illness.” 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
Leland, John. 2016. “Loft Life: Music, Stretching and Leftovers.” New York Times, October 14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hirth 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Hirth 2014; Blau and Fleming 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Blau and Fleming 2004)
  • Three authors: (Selmecki, Forche, and Berman 2006)
  • 4 or more authors: (Nott et al. 2008)

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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