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
Krimsky S (2011) Beware of gifts that come at too great a cost. Nature 474:129
A journal article with 2 authors
Chow BY, Boyden ES (2011) Physiology. Synthetic physiology. Science 332:1508–1509
A journal article with 3 authors
Shen B, Makley DM, Johnston JN (2010) Umpolung reactivity in amide and peptide synthesis. Nature 465:1027–1032
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Lee LTL, He J, Wang B, et al (2014) Few-layer MoSe₂ possessing high catalytic activity towards iodide/tri-iodide redox shuttles. Sci Rep 4:4063

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Early WF II (2010) Contractor and Client Relations to Assure Process Safety. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Riaño D (ed) (2009) Knowledge Management for Health Care Procedures: ECAI 2008 Workshop, K4HelP 2008, Patras, Greece, July 21, 2008, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Herrera F, Ventura S, Bello R, et al (2016) Bag-Based Classification Methods. In: Ventura S, Bello R, Cornelis C, et al. (eds) Multiple Instance Learning: Foundations and Algorithms. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 99–126

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) Scientists May Have Solved Origins Of Mysterious Feature In Venus’ Atmosphere. 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 (1987) Telephone Communications: Issues Affecting Rural Telephone Service. 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
Davidson WB (2010) High school athletics and the “whole adolescent”: A case study of three urban high schools. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Greenhouse L (2006) Detainee Case Hits on Limits Of Presidency. New York Times A22

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Krimsky 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Krimsky 2011; Chow and Boyden 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Chow and Boyden 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Lee 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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