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
Omelon, Sidney. “Graduate Journal: From Biochemist to Engineer.” Nature 427, no. 6970 (January 8, 2004): 180.
A journal article with 2 authors
Whittall, Justen B., and Scott A. Hodges. “Pollinator Shifts Drive Increasingly Long Nectar Spurs in Columbine Flowers.” Nature 447, no. 7145 (June 7, 2007): 706–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
Choudhary, Anshul, Vivek Kohar, and Sudeshna Sinha. “Taming Explosive Growth through Dynamic Random Links.” Scientific Reports 4 (March 7, 2014): 4308.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Yun, Byung-Wook, Angela Feechan, Minghui Yin, Noor B. B. Saidi, Thierry Le Bihan, Manda Yu, John W. Moore, et al. “S-Nitrosylation of NADPH Oxidase Regulates Cell Death in Plant Immunity.” Nature 478, no. 7368 (October 13, 2011): 264–68.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Laster, Brent. Professional Git®. Indianapolis, IN, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2016.
An edited book
Dilek, Yildirim, and Harald Furnes, eds. Evolution of Archean Crust and Early Life. Vol. 7. Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Ćirković Veličković, Tanja, and Marija Gavrović-Jankulović. “Methods for Allergen Identification and Quantification in Food Matrices.” In Food Allergens: Biochemistry and Molecular Nutrition, edited by Marija Gavrović-Jankulović, 77–93. New York, NY: Springer, 2014.

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
Hale, Tom. “A Jaguar Was Shot Dead Shortly After An Olympic Ceremony In Brazil.” IFLScience. IFLScience, June 22, 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. “Civil Agency Aircraft: Agencies’ Use of Certain Aircraft to Transport Passengers.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, August 1, 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kotamreddy, Ashokreddy. “Design and Simulation of 16 Psk Super Regenerative Receiver.” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2017.

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
Protess, Ben, and Steve Eder. “Trump Group Drops Deal With the ‘Turkish Trump.’” New York Times, April 13, 2017.

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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