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
Colliex, Christian. 2012. “Materials Science. Watching Solution Growth of Nanoparticles in Graphene Cells.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 336 (6077): 44–45.
A journal article with 2 authors
Szell, Michael, and Stefan Thurner. 2013. “How Women Organize Social Networks Different from Men.” Scientific Reports 3 (February): 1214.
A journal article with 3 authors
Armbrecht, Inge, Ivette Perfecto, and John Vandermeer. 2004. “Enigmatic Biodiversity Correlations: Ant Diversity Responds to Diverse Resources.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 304 (5668): 284–286.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Wörner, H. J., J. B. Bertrand, B. Fabre, J. Higuet, H. Ruf, A. Dubrouil, S. Patchkovskii, et al. 2011. “Conical Intersection Dynamics in NO2 Probed by Homodyne High-Harmonic Spectroscopy.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 334 (6053): 208–212.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ludders, John W., and Matthew McMillan. 2016. Errors in Veterinary Anesthesia. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Crowe, Alicia R., and Alexander Cuenca, eds. 2016. Rethinking Social Studies Teacher Education in the Twenty-First Century. 1st ed. 2016. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Holznagel, Bernd, Arnold Picot, Sebastian Deckers, Nico Grove, and Marc Schramm. 2010. “The Qualification of Broadband Access Technologies.” In Strategies for Rural Broadband: An Economic and Legal Feasibility Analysis, edited by Arnold Picot, Sebastian Deckers, Nico Grove, and Marc Schramm, 27–43. Wiesbaden: Gabler.

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
Luntz, Stephen. 2014. “Galloping Crocodiles Ate Dinosaurs In North Africa.” 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. 2016. Highlights of a Forum: Data and Analytics Innovation: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges. GAO-16-659SP. 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
Tse, Jasmine. 2009. “An Explication of the Hilbert Basis Theorem and Its Relation to School Mathematics.” 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
Branch, John. 2016. “Granular Perspective on a Suitable Shore.” New York Times, August 9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Colliex 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Colliex 2012; Szell and Thurner 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Szell and Thurner 2013)
  • Three authors: (Armbrecht, Perfecto, and Vandermeer 2004)
  • 4 or more authors: (Wörner et al. 2011)

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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