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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Mathematical 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
Vicsek, T., 2001. A question of scale. Nature 411, 421.
A journal article with 2 authors
Smith, A.E., Helenius, A., 2004. How viruses enter animal cells. Science 304, 237–242.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sahu, G., Sukumaran, S., Bera, A.K., 2014. Pannexins form gap junctions with electrophysiological and pharmacological properties distinct from connexins. Sci. Rep. 4, 4955.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Sun, D., Riley, A.E., Cadby, A.J., Richman, E.K., Korlann, S.D., Tolbert, S.H., 2006. Hexagonal nanoporous germanium through surfactant-driven self-assembly of Zintl clusters. Nature 441, 1126–1130.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Armstrong, H.A., Brasier, M.D., 2004. Microfossils. Blackwell Publishing, Malden, MA USA.
An edited book
Guin, D., Ruthven, K., Trouche, L. (Eds.), 2005. The Didactical Challenge of Symbolic Calculators: Turning a Computational Device into a Mathematical Instrument, Mathematics Education Library. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Kalmar, B., Greensmith, L., 2008. Heat Shock Proteins as Therapeutic Targets in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, in: Asea, A.A.A., Brown, I.R. (Eds.), Heat Shock Proteins and the Brain: Implications for Neurodegenerative Diseases and Neuroprotection. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 69–107.

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 Mathematical Economics.

Blog post
Andrew, D., 2016. Fair Play? How ‘Smart Drugs’ Are Making Workplaces More Competitive [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, 1996. Airport Privatization: Issues Related to the Sale or Lease of U.S. Commercial Airports (No. RCED-97-3). 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
Shirley, A., 2012. Connecting foster children with their siblings within a summer camp setting: 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
Vecsey, G., 2010. Super Bowl Champion Jets Ignited A Sporting Revival in the Big Town. New York Times SP3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Vicsek, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Smith and Helenius, 2004; Vicsek, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Smith and Helenius, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Sun et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Mathematical Economics
AbbreviationJ. Math. Econ.
ISSN (print)0304-4068
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics
Applied Mathematics

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