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
Dye, C., 2008. Health and urban living. Science 319, 766–769.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lowrance, W.W., Collins, F.S., 2007. Ethics. Identifiability in genomic research. Science 317, 600–602.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liljeroth, P., Repp, J., Meyer, G., 2007. Current-induced hydrogen tautomerization and conductance switching of naphthalocyanine molecules. Science 317, 1203–1206.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Larson, D.R., Zipfel, W.R., Williams, R.M., Clark, S.W., Bruchez, M.P., Wise, F.W., Webb, W.W., 2003. Water-soluble quantum dots for multiphoton fluorescence imaging in vivo. Science 300, 1434–1436.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sóbester, A., Forrester, A.I.J., 2014. Aircraft Aerodynamic Design. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Khan, A. (Ed.), 2009. Surgical Pathology of Endocrine and Neuroendocrine Tumors, Current Clinical Pathology. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ.
A chapter in an edited book
Posthumus, H., Bolt, G., van Kempen, R., 2013. Urban Restructuring, Displaced Households and Neighbourhood Change: Results from Three Dutch Cities, in: van Ham, M., Manley, D., Bailey, N., Simpson, L., Maclennan, D. (Eds.), Understanding Neighbourhood Dynamics: New Insights for Neighbourhood Effects Research. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 87–109.

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
Luntz, S., 2016. Iceland Is Drilling World’s Hottest Hole To Create Electricity From Molten Magma [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. HUD Information Systems: Improved Management Practices Needed to Control Integration Cost and Schedule (No. AIMD-99-25). 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
Hubbard, W.L., 2009. The perceptions of public school administrators toward technology effectiveness and adequacy in curriculum and instruction in the Golden Triangle Public Schools of Mississippi (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Rothenberg, B., 2017. Engaged Players Are on Same Side, Even in Singles. New York Times SP5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dye, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Dye, 2008; Lowrance and Collins, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Lowrance and Collins, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Larson 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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