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
Tabashnik, B. E. (2010). Plant science. Communal benefits of transgenic corn. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6001), 189–190.
A journal article with 2 authors
Liechti, R., & Farmer, E. E. (2002). The jasmonate pathway. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5573), 1649–1650.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gómez-Llobregat, J., Buceta, J., & Reigada, R. (2013). Interplay of cytoskeletal activity and lipid phase stability in dynamic protein recruitment and clustering. Scientific Reports, 3, 2608.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Paggi, M., Berardone, I., Infuso, A., & Corrado, M. (2014). Fatigue degradation and electric recovery in Silicon solar cells embedded in photovoltaic modules. Scientific Reports, 4, 4506.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Forshaw, M. (2006). Understanding Headaches and Migraines. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Priol, T., & Vanneschi, M. (Eds.). (2007). Towards Next Generation Grids: Proceedings of the CoreGRID Symposium 2007. Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Małachowski, B. (2016). Multiple Criteria Decision Support System for Tender Consortium Building Within the Cluster Organization. In P. Różewski, D. Novikov, N. Bakhtadze, & O. Zaikin (Eds.), New Frontiers in Information and Production Systems Modelling and Analysis: Incentive Mechanisms, Competence Management, Knowledge-based Production (pp. 105–117). 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
Andrew, E. (2015, January 19). Watch SpaceX’s Rocket Explode During Return Experiment. 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). Questions Designed To Aid Managers and Auditors in Assessing the ADP Planning Process (No. 092130). 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
Lingley-Papadopoulos, C. A. (2008). Image analysis of Optical Coherence Tomography images of the urinary bladder for the recognition of bladder cancer [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington 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
Kelly, D. A. (2007, February 9). Fishing Boats Stowed, The Skis Come Out In the Adirondacks. New York Times, F7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Tabashnik, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Liechti & Farmer, 2002; Tabashnik, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Liechti & Farmer, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Gómez-Llobregat et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Paggi et al., 2014)

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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