How to format your references using the Resource and Energy Economics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Resource and Energy 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
Tutu, D., 2011. Genome-sequencing anniversary. My genome. Science 331, 689.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kump, L.R., Barley, M.E., 2007. Increased subaerial volcanism and the rise of atmospheric oxygen 2.5 billion years ago. Nature 448, 1033–1036.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bai, T., Pollard, D.D., Gao, H., 2000. Explanation for fracture spacing in layered materials. Nature 403, 753–756.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Schenkl, S., van Mourik, F., van der Zwan, G., Haacke, S., Chergui, M., 2005. Probing the ultrafast charge translocation of photoexcited retinal in bacteriorhodopsin. Science 309, 917–920.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dimon, R., 2013. Enterprise Performance Management Done Right. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Polfer, N.C., Dugourd, P. (Eds.), 2013. Laser Photodissociation and Spectroscopy of Mass-separated Biomolecular Ions, Lecture Notes in Chemistry. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Rogers, E.S., MacDonald-Wilson, K.L., 2011. Vocational Capacity among Individuals with Mental Health Disabilities, in: Schultz, I.Z., Rogers, E.S. (Eds.), Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 73–89.

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 Resource and Energy Economics.

Blog post
Davis, J., 2015. Scientists Unravel The Causes Of Schizophrenia [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, 2013. Information Technology: DHS Needs to Enhance Management of Major Investments (No. GAO-13-478T). 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
Lai, J.-P., 2008. Phosphatase and Tensin Homolog Deleted on Chromosome Ten (PTEN) As A Molecular Target in Lung Epithelial Wound Repair and Protection (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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., 2009. Even the Reliable Must Face the Inevitable. New York Times SP2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Tutu, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Kump and Barley, 2007; Tutu, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Kump and Barley, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Schenkl et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleResource and Energy Economics
AbbreviationRes. Energy Econ.
ISSN (print)0928-7655
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics

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