How to format your references using the Review of Financial Economics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Review of Financial Economics. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Gershon, D. (2000). Laying a firm foundation for interdisciplinary research endeavours. Nature, 406(6791), 107–108.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bieging, K. T., & Attardi, L. D. (2015). Cancer: A piece of the p53 puzzle. Nature, 520(7545), 37–38.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sugrue, L. P., Corrado, G. S., & Newsome, W. T. (2004). Matching behavior and the representation of value in the parietal cortex. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5678), 1782–1787.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Pellegrini, A. F. A., Ahlström, A., Hobbie, S. E., Reich, P. B., Nieradzik, L. P., Staver, A. C., Scharenbroch, B. C., Jumpponen, A., Anderegg, W. R. L., Randerson, J. T., & Jackson, R. B. (2018). Fire frequency drives decadal changes in soil carbon and nitrogen and ecosystem productivity. Nature, 553(7687), 194–198.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rehder, D. (2010). Chemistry in Space. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Uden, L., Tao, Y.-H., Yang, H.-C., & Ting, I.-H. (Eds.). (2014). The 2nd International Workshop on Learning Technology for Education in Cloud. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Spiess-Knafl, W., & Jansen, S. A. (2014). Social Enterprises and the Financing of Different Scaling Strategies. In L. Pate & C. Wankel (Eds.), Emerging Research Directions in Social Entrepreneurship (pp. 67–83). Springer Netherlands.

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 Financial Economics.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2017, January 10). Scientists To Hunt For Planets In Our Nearest Star System With Funding For New Instrument. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2012). Batteries and Energy Storage: Federal Initiatives Supported Similar Technologies and Goals but Had Key Differences (GAO-12-842). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Bolman, D. B. (2012). Examining the Relationship Between Technology Leadership Behaviors and Project Success [Doctoral dissertation]. Northcentral 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
Ahmed, A., & Semple, K. (2017, September 18). Hurricane Gains Force And Targets Caribbean. New York Times, A8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gershon, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Bieging & Attardi, 2015; Gershon, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Bieging & Attardi, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Sugrue et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Pellegrini et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleReview of Financial Economics
AbbreviationRev. Financ. Econ.
ISSN (print)1058-3300
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics

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