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
Tobias, P.V., 2003. Paleoanthropology. Encore Olduvai. Science 299, 1193–1194.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ackland, G.J., Butler, D., 2001. Pack formation in cycling and orienteering. Nature 413, 127.
A journal article with 3 authors
Berson, D.M., Dunn, F.A., Takao, M., 2002. Phototransduction by retinal ganglion cells that set the circadian clock. Science 295, 1070–1073.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Yusupova, G., Jenner, L., Rees, B., Moras, D., Yusupov, M., 2006. Structural basis for messenger RNA movement on the ribosome. Nature 444, 391–394.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Singh, J., 2017. Functional Software Size Measurement Methodology with Effort Estimation and Performance Indication. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Gutwirth, S., Leenes, R., De Hert, P. (Eds.), 2014. Reloading Data Protection: Multidisciplinary Insights and Contemporary Challenges. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Hann, S.-K., Gauthier, Y., Benzekri, L., 2010. Segmental Vitiligo, in: Picardo, M., Taïeb, A. (Eds.), Vitiligo. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 41–49.

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., 2015. Top 10 Insane Unexplained Scientific Discoveries [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, 1986. Telephone Communications: The FCC’s Monitoring of Residential Telephone Service (No. RCED-86-146). 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
Yi, Z., 2009. Dynamics of bio-membranes investigated by neutron spin echo: Effects of phospholipid conformations and presence of lidocaine (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Johnson, G., 2015. Gamblers, Scientists and the Hot Hand. New York Times SR4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Tobias, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Ackland and Butler, 2001; Tobias, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Ackland and Butler, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Yusupova 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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