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
Knight, J. 2001. “Senators Call for Biodefence Boost.” Nature 413 (6855): 441.
A journal article with 2 authors
Flannigan, David J., and Kenneth S. Suslick. 2005. “Plasma Formation and Temperature Measurement during Single-Bubble Cavitation.” Nature 434 (7029): 52–55.
A journal article with 3 authors
Verbeeck, J., H. Tian, and P. Schattschneider. 2010. “Production and Application of Electron Vortex Beams.” Nature 467 (7313): 301–304.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Evans, Rob L., Greg Hirth, Kiyoshi Baba, Don Forsyth, Alan Chave, and Randall Mackie. 2005. “Geophysical Evidence from the MELT Area for Compositional Controls on Oceanic Plates.” Nature 437 (7056): 249–252.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Meiswinkel, Rüdiger, Julian Meyer, and Jürgen Schnell. 2013. Design and Construction of Nuclear Power Plants. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Hayashi, Nakao. 2006. Asymptotics for Dissipative Nonlinear Equations. Edited by Pavel I. Naumkin, Elena I. Kaikina, and Ilya A. Shishmarev. Vol. 1884. Lecture Notes in Mathematics. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
McGee, Robert W. 2008. “A Comparative Study of Indirect Taxes in Transition Economies and the European Union.” In Taxation and Public Finance in Transition and Developing Economies, edited by Robert W. McGee, 57–65. Boston, MA: Springer US.

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. “New Vaccine Could Protect Chimps And Gorillas From Ebola.” 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. 1991. Mass Transit: Significant Federal Investment Is Not Adequately Protected. T-RCED-91-68. 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
Vento-Wilson, Margaret. 2012. “The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist and Augmentative and Alternative Communication with Acute Care Patients with Severe Communication Impairments.” 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
Poniewozik, James. 2017. “Striking Throwback to Kitchen-Sink Sitcoms.” New York Times, January 4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Knight 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Knight 2001; Flannigan and Suslick 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Flannigan and Suslick 2005)
  • Three authors: (Verbeeck, Tian, and Schattschneider 2010)
  • 4 or more authors: (Evans et al. 2005)

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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