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
Duyk G (2003) Attrition and translation. Science 302:603–605
A journal article with 2 authors
Greening BR, Fefferman NH (2014) Evolutionary significance of the role of family units in a broader social system. Sci Rep 4:3608
A journal article with 3 authors
Sivars U, Aivazian D, Pfeffer SR (2003) Yip3 catalyses the dissociation of endosomal Rab-GDI complexes. Nature 425:856–859
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Rocha J, Coelho FJRC, Peixe L, et al (2014) Optimization of preservation and processing of sea anemones for microbial community analysis using molecular tools. Sci Rep 4:6986

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hartmann AK, Weigt M (2005) Phase Transitions in Combinatorial Optimization Problems. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG
An edited book
Hogeling M (ed) (2016) Case-Based Inpatient Pediatric Dermatology. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Schanz D, Schanz S (2011) Neutral Income Tax Systems. In: Schanz S (ed) Business Taxation and Financial Decisions. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 159–213

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
Luntz S (2017) Even Without The Asteroid, Dinosaurs Faced Double Doom. 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 (2011) International Space Station: Approaches for Ensuring Utilization through 2020 Are Reasonable but Should Be Revisited as NASA Gains More Knowledge of On-Orbit Performance. 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
Forlano L (2008) When code meets place: Collaboration and innovation at WiFi hotspots. Doctoral dissertation, Columbia 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
Vecsey G (2010) Finish Is a Beacon Of an Alluring World Cup. New York Times D1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Duyk 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Duyk 2003; Greening and Fefferman 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Greening and Fefferman 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Rocha et al. 2014)

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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