How to format your references using the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE). 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
Ray, L.B. (2013), “Single-cell biology. Cells go solo. Introduction,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 342(6163), 1187.
A journal article with 2 authors
Terman, J.R., and A.L. Kolodkin (2004), “Nervy links protein kinase a to plexin-mediated semaphorin repulsion,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5661), 1204–1207.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ackermann, M., S.C. Stearns, and U. Jenal (2003), “Senescence in a bacterium with asymmetric division,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5627), 1920.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
de Lau, W., N. Barker, T.Y. Low, B.-K. Koo, V.S.W. Li, H. Teunissen, P. Kujala, A. Haegebarth, P.J. Peters, M. van de Wetering, D.E. Stange, J.E. van Es, D. Guardavaccaro, R.B.M. Schasfoort, Y. Mohri, K. Nishimori, S. Mohammed, A.J.R. Heck, and H. Clevers (2011), “Lgr5 homologues associate with Wnt receptors and mediate R-spondin signalling,” Nature, 476(7360), 293–297.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rosier, J.A., M.A. Martens, and J.R. Thomas (2014), Global New Drug Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Gupta, P. (2014), Healing Traditions of the Northwestern Himalayas, Springer India, New Delhi.
A chapter in an edited book
Hirsch, M., K. Oppenauer, and L. del Re (2010), “Dynamic Engine Emission Models,” in: L. del Re, F. Allgöwer, L. Glielmo, C. Guardiola, I. Kolmanovsky (eds.), Automotive Model Predictive Control: Models, Methods and Applications, Springer, London, pp. 73–87.

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 Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015), Scientists Baffled To Find Sharks Living Inside An Active Volcano,, accessed October 30, 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 (1986), “ADP Acquisitions: Immigration and Naturalization Service Should Terminate Its Contract and Recompete,” No. IMTEC-86-5, 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
Burchman, E.K. (2014), A dialogue on improvisation, space and melody: Larry Koonse’s approach to improvisation, 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
Gordon, M. (2015), “Many Splendored Things,” New York Times, BR10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ray, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Ray, 2013; Terman and Kolodkin, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Terman and Kolodkin, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (de Lau et al., 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics
AbbreviationJ. Inst. Theor. Econ.
ISSN (print)0932-4569
ISSN (online)1614-0559
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics

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