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
Cyranoski, D., 2005. Malaysia plans “red book” in its attempts to go green. Nature 436, 313.
A journal article with 2 authors
Poon, A.C., Ferrell, J.E., Jr, 2007. Systems biology. A clock with a flip switch. Science 318, 757–758.
A journal article with 3 authors
Stott, P.A., Stone, D.A., Allen, M.R., 2004. Human contribution to the European heatwave of 2003. Nature 432, 610–614.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cerullo, G., Polli, D., Lanzani, G., De Silvestri, S., Hashimoto, H., Cogdell, R.J., 2002. Photosynthetic light harvesting by carotenoids: detection of an intermediate excited state. Science 298, 2395–2398.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rezzoug, A., El-Hadi Zaïm, M., 2011. Non-conventional Electrical Machines. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Vymazal, J. (Ed.), 2015. The Role of Natural and Constructed Wetlands in Nutrient Cycling and Retention on the Landscape. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Becvar, A., Hollan, J., Hutchins, E., 2008. Representational Gestures as Cognitive Artifacts for Developing Theories in a Scientific Laboratory, in: Halverson, C.A., Erickson, T., Kellogg, W.A. (Eds.), Resources, Co-Evolution and Artifacts: Theory in CSCW, Computer Supported Cooperative Work. Springer, London, pp. 117–143.

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
Andrew, E., 2015. Fossil Of World’s Earliest Modern Bird Could Help Us Understand The Extinction Of Dinosaurs [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, 2005. Technology Development: New DOD Space Science and Technology Strategy Provides Basis for Optimizing Investments, but Future Versions Need to Be More Robust (No. GAO-05-155). 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
Zamora, L., 2017. Azura digital health: Scheduling application and prescription service for women’s health (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
Gottlieb, S., Emanuel, E.J., 2013. No, There Won’t Be a Doctor Shortage. New York Times A35.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cyranoski, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Cyranoski, 2005; Poon and Ferrell, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Poon and Ferrell, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Cerullo et al., 2002)

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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