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
Ijspeert, A. J. (2014). Biorobotics: using robots to emulate and investigate agile locomotion. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6206), 196–203.
A journal article with 2 authors
Powrie, F., & Maloy, K. J. (2003). Immunology. Regulating the regulators. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5609), 1030–1031.
A journal article with 3 authors
de Forges, B. R., Koslow, J. A., & Poore, G. C. (2000). Diversity and endemism of the benthic seamount fauna in the southwest Pacific. Nature, 405(6789), 944–947.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Rasmann, S., Köllner, T. G., Degenhardt, J., Hiltpold, I., Toepfer, S., Kuhlmann, U., et al. (2005). Recruitment of entomopathogenic nematodes by insect-damaged maize roots. Nature, 434(7034), 732–737.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Millon, T., & Grossman, S. (2007). Moderating Severe Personality Disorders. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bahadur, B., Venkat Rajam, M., Sahijram, L., & Krishnamurthy, K. V. (Eds.). (2015). Plant Biology and Biotechnology: Volume I: Plant Diversity, Organization, Function and Improvement. New Delhi: Springer India.
A chapter in an edited book
Harwood, T. M., & L’Abate, L. (2010). Bibliotherapy. In L. L’Abate (Ed.), Self-Help in Mental Health: A Critical Review (pp. 59–77). 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
Andrew, E. (2014, April 7). Stress Can Alter Your Genome. 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. (1995). Information Superhighway: An Overview of Technology Challenges (No. AIMD-95-23). 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
Galan, M. (2012). Educational practices to support homeless students (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

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
Walsh, M. W. (2013, December 4). Pension Ruling in Detroit Echoes West to California. New York Times, p. A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ijspeert 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Ijspeert 2014; Powrie and Maloy 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Powrie and Maloy 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Rasmann et al. 2005)

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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