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
Stehr, N. (2015). Climate policy: Democracy is not an inconvenience. Nature, 525(7570), 449–450.
A journal article with 2 authors
Spalding, M. D., & Brown, B. E. (2015). Warm-water coral reefs and climate change. Science (New York, N.Y.), 350(6262), 769–771.
A journal article with 3 authors
Denning, D. P., Hatch, V., & Horvitz, H. R. (2012). Programmed elimination of cells by caspase-independent cell extrusion in C. elegans. Nature, 488(7410), 226–230.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chang, Q., Hoefs, S., van der Kemp, A. W., Topala, C. N., Bindels, R. J., & Hoenderop, J. G. (2005). The beta-glucuronidase klotho hydrolyzes and activates the TRPV5 channel. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5747), 490–493.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dubil, R. (2011). Financial Engineering and Arbitrage in the Financial Markets. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Reidy, J., Hacking, N., & McLucas, B. (Eds.). (2014). Radiological Interventions in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Dudgeon, R. (2016). Emergency Medical Services. In N. Wolfson, A. Lerner, & L. Roshal (Eds.), Orthopedics in Disasters: Orthopedic Injuries in Natural Disasters and Mass Casualty Events (pp. 29–35). Springer.

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. (2016, July 4). Watch Live As Juno Enters Orbit Around Jupiter Tonight. 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. (2003). Business Modernization: NASA’s Challenges in Managing Its Integrated Financial Management Program (GAO-04-255). 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
Holloway, L. R. (2013). Synthesis and investigation of novel dinitrosyl-Iron complexes of chelated Bis-phosphine ligands: Potential nitric oxide delivery compounds [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
Kelly, M. (1993, February 2). White House Memo; President’s Early Troubles Rooted in Party’s Old Strains. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stehr, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Spalding & Brown, 2015; Stehr, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Spalding & Brown, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Denning et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Chang et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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