How to format your references using the Review of Derivatives Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Review of Derivatives Research. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Gavaghan, H. (2000). Governments prime basic nanotech research, applied activity yet to soar. Nature, 408(6812), 619–620.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sussman, M. R., & Phillips, G. N., Jr. (2009). Plant science. How plant cells go to sleep for a long, long time. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5958), 1356–1357.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang, Z., Li, H., & Sheng, Y. (2014). Effects of reciprocity on random walks in weighted networks. Scientific reports, 4, 7460.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Cooper, E. R., Andrews, C. D., Wheatley, P. S., Webb, P. B., Wormald, P., & Morris, R. E. (2004). Ionic liquids and eutectic mixtures as solvent and template in synthesis of zeolite analogues. Nature, 430(7003), 1012–1016.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lad, B. K., Shrivastava, D., & Kulkarni, M. S. (2016). Machine Tool Reliability. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Léon, A. (Ed.). (2008). Hydrogen Technology: Mobile and Portable Applications. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Goerger, S. R., Wong, E. Y., Henderson, D. L., Sperling, B. K., & Bland, W. (2011). The Casualty Assistance Readiness Enhancement System: A Case Study in Rapid Prototyping and Design for Flexibility. In S. Assar, I. Boughzala, & I. Boydens (Eds.), Practical Studies in E-Government: Best Practices from Around the World (pp. 49–70). New York, NY: Springer.

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 Derivatives Research.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2015, October 22). What’s Inside A Red Giant? IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1980). Opinion on the Legality of the Scheduled Transfer of Administrative Responsibility for Certain Law Enforcement Education Programs (No. B-198096). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Choi, Y. (2012). Three essays on econometrics (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Gates, A. (2013, June 21). One Despicable, Another Disdainful. New York Times, p. CT10.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Gavaghan 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Gavaghan 2000; Sussman and Phillips 2009).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Sussman and Phillips 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Cooper et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleReview of Derivatives Research
AbbreviationRev. Deriv. Res.
ISSN (print)1380-6645
ISSN (online)1573-7144
ScopeEconomics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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