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
Liu, J., 2010. Environment. China’s road to sustainability. Science 328, 50.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chester, T.L., Parcher, J.F., 2001. Tech.Sight. Blurring the boundaries. Science 291, 502–503.
A journal article with 3 authors
Booker, J.R., Favetto, A., Pomposiello, M.C., 2004. Low electrical resistivity associated with plunging of the Nazca flat slab beneath Argentina. Nature 429, 399–403.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Li, J.F., Huang, Y.F., Ding, Y., Yang, Z.L., Li, S.B., Zhou, X.S., Fan, F.R., Zhang, W., Zhou, Z.Y., Wu, D.Y., Ren, B., Wang, Z.L., Tian, Z.Q., 2010. Shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Nature 464, 392–395.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hamdan, M., Righetti, P.G., 2005. Proteomics Today. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Galavotti, M.C. (Ed.), 2006. Cambridge and Vienna: Frank P. Ramsey and the Vienna Circle, Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook [2004]. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Halpin, H., Hayes, P.J., Thompson, H.S., 2015. When owl:sameAs isn’t the Same Redux: Towards a Theory of Identity, Context, and Inference on the Semantic Web, in: Christiansen, H., Stojanovic, I., Papadopoulos, G.A. (Eds.), Modeling and Using Context: 9th International and Interdisciplinary Conference, CONTEXT 2015, Lanarca, Cyprus, November 2-6,2015. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 47–60.

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
Evans, K., 2016. Scientifically Proven Features Men Find Attractive In Women [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, 2007. Emergency Management: Status of School Districts’ Planning and Preparedness (No. GAO-07-821T). 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
Baciu, A.B., 2010. Biopolitics and the influenza pandemics of 1918 and 2009 in the United States: Power, immunity, and the law (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Greenhouse, L., 2005. Abortion Case May Be Central In Confirmation. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Liu, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Chester and Parcher, 2001; Liu, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Chester and Parcher, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Li et al., 2010)

About the journal

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

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