How to format your references using the Journal of Economic Methodology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Economic Methodology. 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
Neutze, R. (2015). STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY. Snapshots of a protein quake. Science (New York, N.Y.), 350(6259), 381.
A journal article with 2 authors
Milczarek, G., & Inganäs, O. (2012). Renewable cathode materials from biopolymer/conjugated polymer interpenetrating networks. Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6075), 1468–1471.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wiedenheft, B., Sternberg, S. H., & Doudna, J. A. (2012). RNA-guided genetic silencing systems in bacteria and archaea. Nature, 482(7385), 331–338.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hanaoka, K., Qian, F., Boletta, A., Bhunia, A. K., Piontek, K., Tsiokas, L., Sukhatme, V. P., Guggino, W. B., & Germino, G. G. (2000). Co-assembly of polycystin-1 and -2 produces unique cation-permeable currents. Nature, 408(6815), 990–994.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Davis, J. H. (2011). Statistics for Compensation. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Han, K. J., Choi, B.-Y., & Song, S. (Eds.). (2014). High Performance Cloud Auditing and Applications. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
da Silva, A. R. F. (2016). Probabilistic Tractography Using Particle Filtering and Clustered Directional Data. In A. R. Londral & P. Encarnação (Eds.), Advances in Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics: Revised Selected Papers from the 2nd International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics (NEUROTECHNIX 2014), October 25-26, Rome, Italy (pp. 47–62). Springer International Publishing.

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 Economic Methodology.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2017, February 22). Breakthrough In Search For Life As Seven Earth-Sized Worlds Found Orbiting Nearby Star. 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. (1988). Aviation Services: Automation and Consolidation of Flight Service Stations (RCED-88-77). 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
Norris, E. L. (2008). A depth psychological view of the Christian myth: C. G. Jung, Elizabeth Boyden Howes, and the Guild for Psychological Studies [Doctoral dissertation]. Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Crow, K. (2002, September 1). Big Trucks Take More Detours, and Residents Near Holland Tunnel Just Smile. New York Times, 145.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Neutze, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Milczarek & Inganäs, 2012; Neutze, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Milczarek & Inganäs, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Wiedenheft et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Hanaoka et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Economic Methodology
AbbreviationJ. Econ. Methodol.
ISSN (print)1350-178X
ISSN (online)1469-9427
ScopeEconomics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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