How to format your references using the Regional Science and Urban Economics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Regional Science and Urban 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
Lee, P.A., 2000. High-temperature superconductors. Some vortices like it hot. Nature 406, 467–468.
A journal article with 2 authors
Horvitz, E., Mulligan, D., 2015. Policy forum. Data, privacy, and the greater good. Science 349, 253–255.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hammami, A., Raymond, N., Armand, M., 2003. Lithium-ion batteries: runaway risk of forming toxic compounds. Nature 424, 635–636.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Landskron, K., Hatton, B.D., Perovic, D.D., Ozin, G.A., 2003. Periodic mesoporous organosilicas containing interconnected [Si(CH2)]3 rings. Science 302, 266–269.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McMaster, M.C., 2010. Buying and Selling Laboratory Instruments. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Muralikrishnan, B., 2009. Computational Surface and Roundness Metrology. Springer, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Iacoviello, G., Lazzini, A., Nanetti, S., 2014. Information Systems and Managerial Control in the Era of Globalization: Evidence from the Fashion Industry, in: Baglieri, D., Metallo, C., Rossignoli, C., Pezzillo Iacono, M. (Eds.), Information Systems, Management, Organization and Control: Smart Practices and Effects, Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 65–87.

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 Regional Science and Urban Economics.

Blog post
Bedell-Pearce, H., 2017. Loneliest Snail In The World Is Still Loveless, After Two Potential Suitors Hook Up With One Another Instead [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, 1998. Executive Guide: Leading Practices in Capital Decision-Making (Superseded by AIMD-99-32) (No. AIMD-98-110). 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
Rieger, K., 2012. Phenomenological Exploration of the Characteristics of Successful Women Entrepreneurs (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

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
Wagner, J., 2017. Lugo, Paying No Mind to His Elbow, Earns Dividends. New York Times D5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lee, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Horvitz and Mulligan, 2015; Lee, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Horvitz and Mulligan, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Landskron et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleRegional Science and Urban Economics
AbbreviationReg. Sci. Urban Econ.
ISSN (print)0166-0462
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics
Urban Studies

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