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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Housing 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Sukhdev, P., 2009. Costing the earth. Nature 462, 277.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sheu, Y.-J., Stillman, B., 2010. The Dbf4-Cdc7 kinase promotes S phase by alleviating an inhibitory activity in Mcm4. Nature 463, 113–117.
A journal article with 3 authors
Leitch, D.B., Sarko, D.K., Catania, K.C., 2014. Brain mass and cranial nerve size in shrews and moles. Sci. Rep. 4, 6241.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Capelluto, D.G.S., Kutateladze, T.G., Habas, R., Finkielstein, C.V., He, X., Overduin, M., 2002. The DIX domain targets dishevelled to actin stress fibres and vesicular membranes. Nature 419, 726–729.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Koch, S.N., Torres, S.M.F., Plumb, D.C., 2012. Canine and Feline Dermatology Drug Handbook. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd,., West Sussex, UK.
An edited book
Gong, M., Linqiang, P., Tao, S., Tang, K., Zhang, X. (Eds.), 2015. Bio-Inspired Computing -- Theories and Applications: 10th International Conference, BIC-TA 2015 Hefei, China, September 25-28, 2015, Proceedings, Communications in Computer and Information Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Jeske, S., Meinhardt, F., Klassen, R., 2007. Extranuclear Inheritance: Virus-Like DNA-Elements in Yeast, in: Esser, K., Löttge, U., Beyschlag, W., Murata, J. (Eds.), Progress in Botany, Progress in Botany. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 98–129.

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 Housing Economics.

Blog post
Carpineti, A., 2017. Missing Galaxies Might Be Found By Studying The Ultraviolet Universe [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1973. Review of Vending Operations on Federally Controlled Property (No. B-176886). 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
Guarin, Y., 2017. A Postpartum Support Group for Women Experiencing Postpartum Depression: A Grant Proposal (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Kolomatsky, M., 2017. How Much You Need to Make. New York Times RE2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sukhdev, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Sheu and Stillman, 2010; Sukhdev, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Sheu and Stillman, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Capelluto et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Housing Economics
AbbreviationJ. Hous. Econ.
ISSN (print)1051-1377
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics

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