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
Koen, D., 2004. Introductory matters. Nature 429, 584.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ingolia, N.T., Murray, A.W., 2002. Signal transduction. History matters. Science 297, 948–949.
A journal article with 3 authors
Behie, S.W., Zelisko, P.M., Bidochka, M.J., 2012. Endophytic insect-parasitic fungi translocate nitrogen directly from insects to plants. Science 336, 1576–1577.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Donaldson, G.P., Ladinsky, M.S., Yu, K.B., Sanders, J.G., Yoo, B.B., Chou, W.-C., Conner, M.E., Earl, A.M., Knight, R., Bjorkman, P.J., Mazmanian, S.K., 2018. Gut microbiota utilize immunoglobulin A for mucosal colonization. Science 360, 795–800.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Raut, R., Swamy, M.N.S., 2010. Modern Analog Filter Analysis and Design. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Höhn, C., Avramov, D., Kotowska, I.E. (Eds.), 2008. People, Population Change and Policies: Lessons from the Population Policy Acceptance Study Vol. 1: Family Change, European Studies of Population. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Stanković, R.S., Astola, J., 2011. Application of Algebra of Logic in Engineering, in: Astola, J. (Ed.), From Boolean Logic to Switching Circuits and Automata: Towards Modern Information Technology, Studies in Computational Intelligence. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 121–127.

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
Fang, J., 2014. Half-Female, Half-Male Cardinal is a Lonely Bird [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, 1984. OMB Needs To More Fully Consider Government-Wide Implications in Its Telecommunications Initiatives (No. IMTEC-84-21). 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
Reyes, J.M., 2010. A support group for adults with rheumatoid arthritis (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
Vecsey, G., 2011. Pujols Won’t Find Unconditional Love Anywhere Else. New York Times B17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Koen, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Ingolia and Murray, 2002; Koen, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Ingolia and Murray, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Donaldson et al., 2018)

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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