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
Wark D (2014) Particle physics: The hunt for Majorana neutrinos hots up. Nature 510:224–225
A journal article with 2 authors
Vijg J, Campisi J (2008) Puzzles, promises and a cure for ageing. Nature 454:1065–1071
A journal article with 3 authors
Grbic A, Jiang L, Merlin R (2008) Near-field plates: subdiffraction focusing with patterned surfaces. Science 320:511–513
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Noggle S, Fung H-L, Gore A, et al (2011) Human oocytes reprogram somatic cells to a pluripotent state. Nature 478:70–75

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
van der Heide P (2014) Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Putinar M, Sullivant S (eds) (2009) Emerging Applications of Algebraic Geometry. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Trobaugh JJ, Lowe M (2012) Moving Data. In: Lowe M (ed) Winning LEGO MINDSTORMS Programming. Apress, Berkeley, CA, pp 57–73

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
Andrew E (2015) Is Glass A Solid Or A Liquid? 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 (2008) Aviation and the Environment: NextGen and Research and Development Are Keys to Reducing Emissions and Their Impact on Health and Climate. 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
Jenkins AK (2008) Satisfaction and organizational commitment of civilian engineers and scientists in United States naval acquisition. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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 MW (2016) Retirees Win Lengthy Pension Fight With Renco. New York Times B2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wark 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Vijg and Campisi 2008; Wark 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Vijg and Campisi 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Noggle et al. 2011)

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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