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
Melino, Gerry. “Journal Club. A Cancer Biologist Weighs up P53, Metabolism and Cancer.” Nature 466, no. 7309 (August 19, 2010): 905.
A journal article with 2 authors
Harper, Nicol S., and David McAlpine. “Optimal Neural Population Coding of an Auditory Spatial Cue.” Nature 430, no. 7000 (August 5, 2004): 682–86.
A journal article with 3 authors
Elsaesser, Heidi, Karsten Sauer, and David G. Brooks. “IL-21 Is Required to Control Chronic Viral Infection.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 324, no. 5934 (June 19, 2009): 1569–72.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Hayama, Ryosuke, Shuji Yokoi, Shojiro Tamaki, Masahiro Yano, and Ko Shimamoto. “Adaptation of Photoperiodic Control Pathways Produces Short-Day Flowering in Rice.” Nature 422, no. 6933 (April 17, 2003): 719–22.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Le Doeuff, René, and Mohamed El Hadi Zaïm. Rotating Electrical Machines. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013.
An edited book
Abraham, Ajith, Rafael Falcón, and Rafael Bello, eds. Rough Set Theory: A True Landmark in Data Analysis. Vol. 174. Studies in Computational Intelligence. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
Spikes, Hugh A. “Frontiers of Research in Liquid Lubrication.” In Advanced Tribology: Proceedings of CIST2008 & ITS-IFToMM2008, edited by Jianbin Luo, Yonggang Meng, Tianmin Shao, and Qian Zhao, 12–12. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2010.

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, Danielle. “The Average Person Is Supposed to Eat 2,000 Calories per Day — What That Looks like Is Startling.” IFLScience. IFLScience, August 5, 2016.


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. “Narcotic Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Programs in New York City.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, April 11, 1973.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Eskridge, Robert Dayle. “Municipal Government: Does Institutional Structural Reform Make a Difference in Local Government?” Doctoral dissertation, Mississippi State University, 2012.

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
Pilon, Mary. “U.S.T.A. Faces Suit Over Sabbath Schedule.” New York Times, September 20, 2014.

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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