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
Konacki, M. (2005). An extrasolar giant planet in a close triple-star system. Nature, 436(7048), 230–233.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hambourger, M., & Moore, T. A. (2009). Chemistry. Nailing down nickel for electrocatalysis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5958), 1355–1356.
A journal article with 3 authors
Xu, L., Yin, M.-L., & Liu, S. F. (2014). Ag(x)@WO₃ core-shell nanostructure for LSP enhanced chemical sensors. Scientific Reports, 4, 6745.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chen, H. H., Urquidez, O. A., Ichim, S., Rodriquez, L. H., Brenner, M. P., & Aziz, M. J. (2005). Shocks in ion sputtering sharpen steep surface features. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5746), 294–297.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kolb, R. W. (2011). Sovereign Debt. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Wicks, A. (Ed.). (2015). Shock & Vibration, Aircraft/Aerospace, and Energy Harvesting, Volume 9: Proceedings of the 33rd IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2015. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Azmy, N., Merz, S., & Weidenbach, C. (2016). A Rigorous Correctness Proof for Pastry. In M. Butler, K.-D. Schewe, A. Mashkoor, & M. Biro (Eds.), Abstract State Machines, Alloy, B, TLA, VDM, and Z: 5th International Conference, ABZ 2016, Linz, Austria, May 23-27, 2016, Proceedings (pp. 86–101). Springer International Publishing.

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
Andrew, E. (2015, June 9). Scientists May Have Found Red Blood Cells In 75-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Fossil. 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. (2004). Commercial Aviation: Despite Industry Turmoil, Low-Cost Airlines Are Growing and Profitable (GAO-04-837T). 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
Gilbert, S. A. (2017). Succession Planning Relating to the Millennial Generation in Private Four-Year Universities [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine 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
Yablonsky, L. (2012, March 4). Style Provocateurs. New York Times, ST3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Konacki, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Hambourger & Moore, 2009; Konacki, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Hambourger & Moore, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Xu et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Chen 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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