How to format your references using the Language Resources and Evaluation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Language Resources and Evaluation. 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
Brody, H. (2011). Hepatitis C. Nature, 474(7350), S1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zimbelman, J. R., & Scheidt, S. P. (2012). Hesperian age for western Medusae Fossae Formation, Mars. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6089), 1683.
A journal article with 3 authors
Takahashi, T., Svoboda, K., & Malinow, R. (2003). Experience strengthening transmission by driving AMPA receptors into synapses. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5612), 1585–1588.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Schmidt, M., Amann, A., Keeney, L., Pemble, M. E., Holmes, J. D., Petkov, N., & Whatmore, R. W. (2014). Absence of evidence ≠ evidence of absence: statistical analysis of inclusions in multiferroic thin films. Scientific reports, 4, 5712.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Van Fleet, P. J. (2008). Discrete Wavelet Transformations. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kalmykov, S. N., & Denecke, M. A. (Eds.). (2011). Actinide Nanoparticle Research. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Menikoff, R. (2007). Empirical Equations of State for Solids. In Y. Horie (Ed.), ShockWave Science and Technology Reference Library (pp. 143–188). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Language Resources and Evaluation.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, May 7). Does Your Beard Really Contain More Poo Than A Toilet? IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (2004). Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Highway Trust Fund Excise Taxes (No. GAO-05-28R). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Sutton, D. L. (2010). Preparing instrumental teachers: A resource for volunteer, lay music teachers in Salvation Army churches (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
Davey, M., & Walsh, M. W. (2013, August 6). Chicago Sees Pension Crisis Drawing Near. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Brody 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Brody 2011; Zimbelman and Scheidt 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Zimbelman and Scheidt 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Schmidt et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleLanguage Resources and Evaluation
AbbreviationLang. Resour. Eval.
ISSN (print)1574-020X
ISSN (online)1574-0218
ScopeLanguage and Linguistics
Library and Information Sciences
Linguistics and Language

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