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
Weissman, Jonathan. “Journal Club. A Biochemist Looks at How DNA Sequencing Can Reveal More than Just Sequences.” Nature 461, no. 7268 (October 29, 2009): 1177.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wang, Taia T., and Peter Palese. “Biochemistry. Catching a Moving Target.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 333, no. 6044 (August 12, 2011): 834–35.
A journal article with 3 authors
Baker, Christopher R., Victor Hanson-Smith, and Alexander D. Johnson. “Following Gene Duplication, Paralog Interference Constrains Transcriptional Circuit Evolution.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 342, no. 6154 (October 4, 2013): 104–8.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Smith, L. C., Y. Sheng, G. M. MacDonald, and L. D. Hinzman. “Disappearing Arctic Lakes.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 308, no. 5727 (June 3, 2005): 1429.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Coombs, W. Timothy, and Sherry J. Holladay. Managing Corporate Social Responsibility. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
An edited book
Neuhaus, Fabian, ed. Studies in Temporal Urbanism: The UrbanTick Experiment. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Barta, A., M. Kalyna, and Z. J. Lorković. “Plant SR Proteins and Their Functions.” In Nuclear Pre-MRNA Processing in Plants, edited by Anireddy S. N. Reddy and Maxim Golovkin, 83–102. Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2008.

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. “Rising CO2 Levels Are Changing How Fast Forests Cycle Water.” IFLScience. IFLScience, May 17, 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. “Internet Protocol Version 6: Federal Agencies Need to Plan for Transition and Manage Security Risks.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, June 29, 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Garcia, Carmen Alicia. “Tracking Chemistry Self-Efficacy and Achievement in a Preparatory Chemistry Course.” Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 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
Leland, John. “The Blink of an Eye.” New York Times, March 31, 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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