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
Hughes, V. (2012). Public health: Where there’s smoke. Nature, 489(7417), S18-20.
A journal article with 2 authors
Camacho, J., & Arenas, A. (2005). Food-web topology: universal scaling in food-web structure? Nature, 435(7044), E3-4; discussion E4.
A journal article with 3 authors
Booth, L. N., Tuch, B. B., & Johnson, A. D. (2010). Intercalation of a new tier of transcription regulation into an ancient circuit. Nature, 468(7326), 959–963.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, N., Tang, Z. K., Li, G. D., & Chen, J. S. (2000). Single-walled 4 A carbon nanotube arrays. Nature, 408(6808), 50–51.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Forshaw, M. (2006). Understanding Headaches and Migraines. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Alegre Pérez, J. P. (2011). Automatic Gain Control: Techniques and Architectures for RF Receivers (S. C. Pueyo & B. C. López, Eds.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Clemente, P., Lasagna, M., Dino, G. A., & De Luca, D. A. (2015). Comparison of Different Methods for Detecting Irrigation Canals Leakage. In G. Lollino, M. Arattano, M. Rinaldi, O. Giustolisi, J.-C. Marechal, & G. E. Grant (Eds.), Engineering Geology for Society and Territory - Volume 3: River Basins, Reservoir Sedimentation and Water Resources (pp. 23–26). Springer International Publishing.

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
Carpineti, A. (2016, November 14). Massive Stars Form Just like Smaller Stars, But With Extra Bangs. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1979). Evaluation and the Research Process (No. 094329). 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
Shan, J. (2014). A Theoretical Investigation of Radial Lateral Wells with Shockwave Completion in Shale Gas Reservoirs [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Louisiana.

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
Williams, J. (2017, January 1). The Best Laid Schemes of Mules and Men. New York Times, C4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hughes, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Camacho & Arenas, 2005; Hughes, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Camacho & Arenas, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Booth et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wang et al., 2000)

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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