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
Rosenzweig, Amy C. “Biochemistry: Breaking Methane.” Nature 518, no. 7539 (February 19, 2015): 309–10.
A journal article with 2 authors
Nadeau, Robert M., and Thomas V. McEvilly. “Periodic Pulsing of Characteristic Microearthquakes on the San Andreas Fault.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 303, no. 5655 (January 9, 2004): 220–22.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gurley, Kyle A., Jochen C. Rink, and Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado. “Beta-Catenin Defines Head versus Tail Identity during Planarian Regeneration and Homeostasis.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 319, no. 5861 (January 18, 2008): 323–27.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Choi, Seung Ho, Sung Jin Boo, Jong-Heun Lee, and Yun Chan Kang. “Electrochemical Properties of Tungsten Sulfide-Carbon Composite Microspheres Prepared by Spray Pyrolysis.” Scientific Reports 4 (August 29, 2014): 5755.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zirngibl, Ludwig. Antifungal Azoles. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2005.
An edited book
Shen, Xuemin, Heather Yu, John Buford, and Mursalin Akon, eds. Handbook of Peer-to-Peer Networking. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Kim, Kiyoung, Jonghee Park, and Woontack Woo. “Marker-Less Tracking for Multi-Layer Authoring in AR Books.” In Entertainment Computing – ICEC 2009: 8th International Conference, Paris, France, September 3-5, 2009. Proceedings, edited by Stéphane Natkin and Jérôme Dupire, 48–59. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 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
O`Callaghan, Jonathan. “NASA Announces The Discovery Of More Than 1,200 New Exoplanets.” IFLScience. IFLScience, May 10, 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. “Commercial Aviation: Survey of Small Community Air Service Grantees and Applicants, an E-Supplement to GAO-06-21.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, November 30, 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ryan, Jennifer Ivy. “Analysis of the Role of the Jackson Prairie in Prehistoric/Protohistoric Settlement Patterns Using Survey Data from the Bienville National Forest.” Doctoral dissertation, Mississippi State University, 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
Kelly, Caitlin. “An E.V. That Wraps Around a Wheelchair.” New York Times, April 21, 2013.

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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