How to format your references using the Review of Communication citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Review of Communication. 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
Trkola, Alexandra. “HIV: Potency Needs Constancy.” Nature 514, no. 7523 (October 23, 2014): 442–43.
A journal article with 2 authors
Stark, Louisa A., and Kevin Pompei. “Winner of Science Prize for Online Resources in Education. Making Genetics Easy to Understand.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 327, no. 5965 (January 29, 2010): 538–39.
A journal article with 3 authors
Werlen, G., B. Hausmann, and E. Palmer. “A Motif in the Alphabeta T-Cell Receptor Controls Positive Selection by Modulating ERK Activity.” Nature 406, no. 6794 (July 27, 2000): 422–26.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Konopka, Genevieve, Jamee M. Bomar, Kellen Winden, Giovanni Coppola, Zophonias O. Jonsson, Fuying Gao, Sophia Peng, Todd M. Preuss, James A. Wohlschlegel, and Daniel H. Geschwind. “Human-Specific Transcriptional Regulation of CNS Development Genes by FOXP2.” Nature 462, no. 7270 (November 12, 2009): 213–17.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tung, Chih-Hang, George T. T. Sheng, and Chih-Yuan Lu. ULSI Semiconductor Technology Atlas. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005.
An edited book
Itenberg, Illia. Tropical Algebraic Geometry. Edited by Grigory Mikhalkin and Eugenii Shustin. Vol. 35. Oberwolfach Seminars. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
Smet, Marc D. de, and Mirjam E. J. van Velthoven. “Combined Optical Coherence Tomography and Confocal Ophthalmoscopy (OCT/SLO).” In Optical Coherence Tomography in Age-Related Macular Degeneration: OCT in AMD, edited by Florence Coscas, Sabrina Vismara, Alain Zourdani, and C. Iole Li Calzi, 49–65. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009.

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 Review of Communication.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. “It’s Not Earth 2.0, But Our New Rocky Neighbour Is A Planet Worth Watching.” IFLScience. IFLScience, August 11, 2015.


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. “Airport and Airway Trust Fund: Declining Balance Raises Concerns over Ability to Meet Future Demands.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, February 3, 2011.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Tuquero, Jean M. “A Meta-Ethnographic Synthesis of Support Services for Adult Learners in Distance Learning Programs.” Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2010.

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
Saslow, Linda. “Supervisor for the Short Term in Brookhaven.” New York Times, April 5, 2009.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text

About the journal

Full journal titleReview of Communication
AbbreviationRev. Comm.
ISSN (online)1535-8593

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