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
Cressey, D., 2011. Animal research: Battle scars. Nature 470, 452–453.
A journal article with 2 authors
Larsen, P.L., Clarke, C.F., 2002. Extension of life-span in Caenorhabditis elegans by a diet lacking coenzyme Q. Science 295, 120–123.
A journal article with 3 authors
Peiris, J.S.M., Poon, L.L.M., Guan, Y., 2012. Public health. Surveillance of animal influenza for pandemic preparedness. Science 335, 1173–1174.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hong, B.H., Bae, S.C., Lee, C.W., Jeong, S., Kim, K.S., 2001. Ultrathin single-crystalline silver nanowire arrays formed in an ambient solution phase. Science 294, 348–351.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety, 2007. Guidelines for Performing Effective Pre-startup Safety Reviews. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Blesa, M.J., Blum, C., Raidl, G., Roli, A., Sampels, M. (Eds.), 2010. Hybrid Metaheuristics: 7th International Workshop, HM 2010, Vienna, Austria, October 1-2, 2010. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Waelkens, P., van Oosterom, M.N., van den Berg, N.S., Navab, N., van Leeuwen, F.W.B., 2016. Surgical Navigation: An Overview of the State-of-the-Art Clinical Applications, in: Herrmann, K., Nieweg, O.E., Povoski, S.P. (Eds.), Radioguided Surgery: Current Applications and Innovative Directions in Clinical Practice. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 57–73.

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. Winds At Core of Milky Way Clocked At 2 Million MPH [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, 2004. Unfunded Mandates: Analysis of Reform Act Coverage (No. GAO-04-637). 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
Brown, C.E., 2013. Sources for the reevaluation of George Frederick Root’s career: The autobiography & a secular cantata (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Ahmed, A., Nunez, P., Blinder, A., 2016. From Haiti to Florida, a Hurricane’s Trail of Disaster and Near Misses. New York Times A24.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cressey, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Cressey, 2011; Larsen and Clarke, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Larsen and Clarke, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Hong et al., 2001)

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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