How to format your references using the Public Relations Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Public Relations Review. 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
Parks, J. E., 2nd. (2010). Chemistry. Less costly catalysts for controlling engine emissions. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5973), 1584–1585.
A journal article with 2 authors
Weiss, R. A., & Stoye, J. P. (2013). Virology. Our viral inheritance. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6134), 820–821.
A journal article with 3 authors
Luo, Z.-X., Ji, Q., & Yuan, C.-X. (2007). Convergent dental adaptations in pseudo-tribosphenic and tribosphenic mammals. Nature, 450(7166), 93–97.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Coey, J. M. D., Venkatesan, M., Fitzgerald, C. B., Douvalis, A. P., & Sanders, I. S. (2002). Ferromagnetism of a graphite nodule from the Canyon Diablo meteorite. Nature, 420(6912), 156–159.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anthony, B., Boudnik, K., Adams, C., Shao, B., Lee, C., & Sasaki, K. (2016). Professional Hadoop®. Indianapolis, IN, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Joye, M., Mukhopadhyay, D., & Tunstall, M. (Eds.). (2011). Security Aspects in Information Technology: First International Conference, InfoSecHiComNet 2011, Haldia, India, October 19-22, 2011. Proceedings (Vol. 7011). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Glendell, G. (2010). Training Companion Birds. In I. J. H. Duncan & P. Hawkins (Eds.), The Welfare of Domestic Fowl and Other Captive Birds (pp. 103–113). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Public Relations Review.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2017, January 10). Early Signs Show Legal High Ban Is Pushing Sales From The High Street To Street Dealers. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2012). Motorcycle Safety: Increasing Federal Funding Flexibility and Identifying Research Priorities Would Help Support States’ Safety Efforts (No. GAO-13-42). 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
Tomlinson, K. L. (2008). Working with the imaginal: Art-making and dialogue with figures of soul (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, 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
Shear, M. D. (2017, May 1). An Obscure Law Unravels Obama’s Legacy, One Rule at a Time. 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 (Parks, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Parks, 2010; Weiss & Stoye, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Weiss & Stoye, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Luo, Ji, & Yuan, 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Coey, Venkatesan, Fitzgerald, Douvalis, & Sanders, 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titlePublic Relations Review
AbbreviationPublic Relat. Rev.
ISSN (print)0363-8111
Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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