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
Catterall, W.A., 2001. Physiology. A one-domain voltage-gated sodium channel in bacteria. Science 294, 2306–2308.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zubavicus, Y., Grunze, M., 2004. Chemistry. New insights into the structure of water with ultrafast probes. Science 304, 974–976.
A journal article with 3 authors
Usami, Y., Wu, Y., Göttlinger, H.G., 2015. SERINC3 and SERINC5 restrict HIV-1 infectivity and are counteracted by Nef. Nature 526, 218–223.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Brummelkamp, T.R., Nijman, S.M.B., Dirac, A.M.G., Bernards, R., 2003. Loss of the cylindromatosis tumour suppressor inhibits apoptosis by activating NF-kappaB. Nature 424, 797–801.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lacalle, D., Parrilla, D., 2015. The Energy World is Flat. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Vincent, J.-L. (Ed.), 2016. Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2016, 1st ed, Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Fuentes, R., Gómez-Sanz, J.J., Pavón, J., 2006. Requirements Elicitation for Agent-Based Applications, in: Müller, J.P., Zambonelli, F. (Eds.), Agent-Oriented Software Engineering VI: 6th International Workshop, AOSE 2005, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 25, 2005. Revised and Invited Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 40–53.

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
Andrew, D., 2015. 7 Myths About Space You Probably Believe [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, 2012. Airport Noise Grants: FAA Needs to Better Ensure Project Eligibility and Improve Strategic Goal and Performance Measures (No. GAO-12-890). 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
Dimick, E., 2015. A Comparative Study on Pheromone Communication between Schizophyllum species (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Baker, A.L., McKINLEY, J.C., Jr, 2015. City Agency Shuts Down Group Home Where 3 Teenage Rape Suspects Lived. New York Times A21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Catterall, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Catterall, 2001; Zubavicus and Grunze, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Zubavicus and Grunze, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Brummelkamp et al., 2003)

About the journal

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

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