How to format your references using the Journal of Evolutionary Economics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Evolutionary Economics. 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
Diamond J (2001) Unwritten knowledge. Nature 410:521
A journal article with 2 authors
Hemphill CS, Sampat B (2013) Intellectual property. Drug patents at the Supreme Court. Science 339:1386–1387
A journal article with 3 authors
Bruins HJ, van der Plicht J, Mazar A (2003) 14C dates from Tel Rehov: Iron-Age chronology, pharaohs, and Hebrew kings. Science 300:315–318
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Greaves GN, Meneau F, Majérus O, et al (2005) Identifying vibrations that destabilize crystals and characterize the glassy state. Science 308:1299–1302

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Louis J-P (2011) Control of Synchronous Motors. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Wang H, Zou L, Huang G, et al (eds) (2012) Web Technologies and Applications: APWeb 2012 International Workshops: SenDe, IDP, IEKB, MBC, Kunming, China, April 11-13, 2012. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Llobet M (2012) Terrorism: Limits Between Crime and War. The Fallacy of the Slogan ‘War on Terror.’ In: Masferrer A (ed) Post 9/11 and the State of Permanent Legal Emergency: Security and Human Rights in Countering Terrorism. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 101–117

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 Evolutionary Economics.

Blog post
Davis J (2016) Chernobyl May Be Turned Into A Solar Farm. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (2006) Space Acquisitions: DOD Needs Additional Knowledge as it Embarks on a New Approach for Transformational Satellite Communications System. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Bishop S (2015) The impact of attachment and social support on parents of children with autism. Doctoral dissertation, 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
Grynbaum MM (2017) CNN Severs Its Ties With a Host After His Vulgar Criticism of Trump. New York Times B3

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Diamond 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Diamond 2001; Hemphill and Sampat 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Hemphill and Sampat 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Greaves et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Evolutionary Economics
AbbreviationJ. Evol. Econ.
ISSN (print)0936-9937
ISSN (online)1432-1386
ScopeGeneral Business, Management and Accounting
Economics and Econometrics

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