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
Gittis, Aryn. “Eppendorf Finalist. Striatal Interneurons: Causes of or Cures for Movement Disorders?” Science (New York, N.Y.) 338, no. 6103 (October 5, 2012): 59.
A journal article with 2 authors
Semple, Colin A. M., and Martin S. Taylor. “Molecular Biology. The Structure of Change.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 323, no. 5912 (January 16, 2009): 347–48.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jin, Zhaoyu, Panpan Li, and Dan Xiao. “Enhanced Electrocatalytic Performance for Oxygen Reduction via Active Interfaces of Layer-by-Layered Titanium Nitride/Titanium Carbonitride Structures.” Scientific Reports 4 (October 22, 2014): 6712.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Heikenwalder, Mathias, Nicolas Zeller, Harald Seeger, Marco Prinz, Peter-Christian Klöhn, Petra Schwarz, Nancy H. Ruddle, Charles Weissmann, and Adriano Aguzzi. “Chronic Lymphocytic Inflammation Specifies the Organ Tropism of Prions.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 307, no. 5712 (February 18, 2005): 1107–10.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fiorenzani, Stefano, Samuele Ravelli, and Enrico Edoli. The Handbook of Energy Trading. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2012.
An edited book
Pérez, Pedro J., ed. Alkane C-H Activation by Single-Site Metal Catalysis. Vol. 38. Catalysis by Metal Complexes. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Moore, Philip, Cain Evans, and Hai V. Pham. “Towards Integrating Emotion into Intelligent Context.” In Web Information Systems Engineering – WISE 2011 and 2012 Workshops: Combined WISE 2011 and WISE 2012 Workshops, Sydney Australia, October 12-14, 2011 and Paphos, Cyprus, November 28-30, 2012, Revised Selected Papers, edited by Armin Haller, Guangyan Huang, Zhisheng Huang, Hye-Young Paik, and Quan Z. Sheng, 27–40. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.

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. “Faster-Than-Light Travel: Are We There Yet?” IFLScience. IFLScience, May 8, 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. “Taxpayer Information: Options Exist to Enable Data Sharing Between IRS and USCIS but Each Presents Challenges.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, October 11, 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Morrow, Steven T. “Coboundary Theorems for Collections of Random Variables with Moment Conditions.” Doctoral dissertation, Indiana 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
Kelly, Michael. “THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: The Democrats; CLINTON IS LEERY OF PREMATURE JOY.” New York Times, October 21, 1992.

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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