How to format your references using the Review of Economic Design citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Review of Economic Design. 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
Mavilio F (2012) Gene therapies need new development models. Nature 490:7
A journal article with 2 authors
Morris SC, Caron J-B (2007) Halwaxiids and the early evolution of the lophotrochozoans. Science 315:1255–1258
A journal article with 3 authors
van Den Brink GR, de Santa Barbara P, Roberts DJ (2001) Development. Epithelial cell differentiation--a Mather of choice. Science 294:2115–2116
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Feuillet-Palma C, Todorov Y, Vasanelli A, Sirtori C (2013) Strong near field enhancement in THz nano-antenna arrays. Sci Rep 3:1361

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Arthur D. Little, Inc. (2010) Making EHS an Integral Part of Process Design. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Gramoli V, Guerraoui R (eds) (2013) Networked Systems: First International Conference, NETYS 2013, Marrakech, Morocco, May 2-4, 2013, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Yates L, Terraschke A (2013) Love, Language and Little Ones: Successes and Stresses for Mothers Raising Bilingual Children in Exogamous Relationships. In: Schwartz M, Verschik A (eds) Successful Family Language Policy: Parents, Children and Educators in Interaction. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 105–125

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 Economic Design.

Blog post
Taub B (2016) Researchers Have Figured Out Why Thalidomide Causes Birth Defects. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1990) Excess and Surplus Personal Property Transfer Program. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Newberry GC (2014) Students’ experiences with simulation education. Doctoral dissertation, Capella University

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
Kenigsberg B (2017) This Time Tomorrow. New York Times C9

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mavilio 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Morris and Caron 2007; Mavilio 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Morris and Caron 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Feuillet-Palma et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleReview of Economic Design
AbbreviationRev. Econ. Des.
ISSN (print)1434-4742
ISSN (online)1434-4750
ScopeGeneral Economics, Econometrics and Finance

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