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
Fuyuno I (2007) Plastic promises. Nature 446:715
A journal article with 2 authors
Richter JD, Theurkauf WE (2001) Development. The message is in the translation. Science 293:60–62
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang C, Yang Y-P, Duan Y-W (2014) Pollen sensitivity to ultraviolet-B (UV-B) suggests floral structure evolution in alpine plants. Sci Rep 4:4520
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Frei R, Gaucher C, Poulton SW, Canfield DE (2009) Fluctuations in Precambrian atmospheric oxygenation recorded by chromium isotopes. Nature 461:250–253

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Scott K (2017) Sustainable and Green Electrochemical Science and Technology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Franzese G, Rubi M (eds) (2008) Aspects of Physical Biology: Biological Water, Protein Solutions, Transport and Replication. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Goodarzi E, Ziaei M, Hosseinipour EZ (2014) Multiobjective Optimization. In: Ziaei M, Hosseinipour EZ (eds) Introduction to Optimization Analysis in Hydrosystem Engineering. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 111–147

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 (2014) Gamma Ray Burst Afterglow Surprises Astronomers. 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 (2006) No Child Left Behind Act: States Face Challenges Measuring Academic Growth That Education’s Initiatives May Help Address. 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
Sahib SS (2010) Numerical solutions of Maxwell’s equations in 1D, 2D, and 3D via the finite element method. 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
Shpigel B (2017) Rookies Impressed in N.F.L.’s Week 1. Don’t Get Too Excited. New York Times B11

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fuyuno 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Richter and Theurkauf 2001; Fuyuno 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Richter and Theurkauf 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Frei et al. 2009)

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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