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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Economic Policy Reform. 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
Nye, Mary Jo. 2002. “Portraits of Science. ‘The Most Versatile Physicist of His Generation.’” Science (New York, N.Y.) 296 (5565): 49–50.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jin, Zhiwen, and Jizheng Wang. 2014. “PIN Architecture for Ultrasensitive Organic Thin Film Photoconductors.” Scientific Reports 4 (June): 5331.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cziczo, D. J., D. S. Thomson, and D. M. Murphy. 2001. “Ablation, Flux, and Atmospheric Implications of Meteors Inferred from Stratospheric Aerosol.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 291 (5509): 1772–1775.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Takahashi, Ryou-U, Fumitaka Takeshita, Kimi Honma, Masaya Ono, Kikuya Kato, and Takahiro Ochiya. 2013. “Ribophorin II Regulates Breast Tumor Initiation and Metastasis through the Functional Suppression of GSK3β.” Scientific Reports 3: 2474.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Simon, Laurent, and Juan Ospina. 2015. Closed-Form Solutions for Drug Transport through Controlled-Release Devices in Two and Three Dimensions. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Xiao, Tianyuan, Lin Zhang, and Shiwei Ma, eds. 2012. System Simulation and Scientific Computing: International Conference, ICSC 2012, Shanghai, China, October 27-30, 2012. Proceedings, Part II. Vol. 327. Communications in Computer and Information Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Moot, Richard, and Christian Retoré. 2012. “The Non-Associative Lambek Calculus.” In The Logic of Categorial Grammars: A Deductive Account of Natural Language Syntax and Semantics, edited by Christian Retoré, 101–147. 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 Economic Policy Reform.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2014. “Meet The World’s Largest Living Organism.” 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. 2012. Telecommunications: FCC Has Reformed the High-Cost Program, but Oversight and Management Could Be Improved. GAO-12-738. 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
Lucas, Melissa Ann. 2017. “Bridging the Gap Between Schools and Families Through Teacher Home Visits.” Doctoral dissertation, St. Charles, MO: Lindenwood 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, Caitlin. 2007. “Crime Lab Gets a Shot in the Arm.” New York Times, September 16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nye 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Nye 2002; Jin and Wang 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Jin and Wang 2014)
  • Three authors: (Cziczo, Thomson, and Murphy 2001)
  • 4 or more authors: (Takahashi et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Economic Policy Reform
AbbreviationJ. Econ. Pol. Reform
ISSN (print)1748-7870
ISSN (online)1748-7889
ScopeBusiness and International Management
General Economics, Econometrics and Finance

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