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
Booth, B. B. (2015). Climate change. Why the Pacific is cool. Science (New York, N.Y.), 347(6225), 952.
A journal article with 2 authors
Burdyga, T., & Wray, S. (2005). Action potential refractory period in ureter smooth muscle is set by Ca sparks and BK channels. Nature, 436(7050), 559–562.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hsiang, S. M., Burke, M., & Miguel, E. (2013). Quantifying the influence of climate on human conflict. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6151), 1235367.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chen, X., Ma, R., Zhou, H., Zhou, X., Che, L., Yao, S., & Wang, Z. (2013). Activating the microscale edge effect in a hierarchical surface for frosting suppression and defrosting promotion. Scientific Reports, 3, 2515.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Iacus, S. M. (2011). Option Pricing and Estimation of Financial Models with R. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Duistermaat, J. J. (2010). Distributions: Theory and Applications (J. A. C. Kolk, Ed.; 1st ed.). Birkhäuser.
A chapter in an edited book
Estep, P., & Hoekstra, A. (2016). The Leverage and Centrality of Mind. In A. Aguirre, B. Foster, & Z. Merali (Eds.), How Should Humanity Steer the Future? (pp. 37–47). 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, August 10). Scientists Erase Memories Associated With Meth Addiction In Mice. 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. (1979). Current National Issues Involving Science and Technology (No. 094310). 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
Karmacharya, B. (2015). Population Dynamics of Northern Cardinal and Carolina Wren in an Urban Forest Fragment: Safe Refuge or Ecological Trap? [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Louisiana.

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
Johnson, G. (2014, January 21). New Truths That Only One Can See. New York Times, D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Booth, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Booth, 2015; Burdyga & Wray, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Burdyga & Wray, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Hsiang et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Chen et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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