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
Bilbe, Graeme. 2015. “Infectious Diseases. Overcoming Neglect of Kinetoplastid Diseases.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 348 (6238): 974–976.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hammock, Elizabeth A. D., and Larry J. Young. 2005. “Microsatellite Instability Generates Diversity in Brain and Sociobehavioral Traits.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 308 (5728): 1630–1634.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yang, Zhanbing, Seiichi Watanabe, and Takahiko Kato. 2013. “The Irradiation Effect of a Simultaneous Laser and Electron Dual-Beam on Void Formation.” Scientific Reports 3 (February): 1201.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Guy, Jacky, Jian Gan, Jim Selfridge, Stuart Cobb, and Adrian Bird. 2007. “Reversal of Neurological Defects in a Mouse Model of Rett Syndrome.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 315 (5815): 1143–1147.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Storey, Ian C., and Arlene Allan. 2008. A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
An edited book
Bassis, Simone, Anna Esposito, Francesco Carlo Morabito, and Eros Pasero, eds. 2016. Advances in Neural Networks: Computational Intelligence for ICT. Vol. 54. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Yu, Shuyou, Hong Chen, Christoph Böhm, and Frank Allgöwer. 2009. “Enlarging the Terminal Region of NMPC with Parameter-Dependent Terminal Control Law.” In Nonlinear Model Predictive Control: Towards New Challenging Applications, edited by Lalo Magni, Davide Martino Raimondo, and Frank Allgöwer, 69–78. Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences. 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
Luntz, Stephen. 2015. “Alien Star Passed Through Our Solar System 70,000 Years Ago.” 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. 2013. Aviation Safety: Status of Recommendations to Improve FAA’s Certification and Approval Processes. GAO-14-142T. 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
Burchman, Eon Kriya. 2014. “A Dialogue on Improvisation, Space and Melody: Larry Koonse’s Approach to Improvisation.” 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
Sisario, Ben. 2016. “Streisand’s ‘Encore’ Tops Album Chart.” New York Times, September 6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bilbe 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Bilbe 2015; Hammock and Young 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Hammock and Young 2005)
  • Three authors: (Yang, Watanabe, and Kato 2013)
  • 4 or more authors: (Guy et al. 2007)

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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