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
von Braun, J. (2008). The food crisis isn’t over. Nature, 456(7223), 701.
A journal article with 2 authors
Deuss, A., & Woodhouse, J. (2001). Seismic observations of splitting of the mid-transition zone discontinuity in Earth’s mantle. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5541), 354–357.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ackerman, L. K. G., Lovell, M. M., & Weix, D. J. (2015). Multimetallic catalysed cross-coupling of aryl bromides with aryl triflates. Nature, 524(7566), 454–457.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
van der Werf, G. R., Randerson, J. T., Collatz, G. J., Giglio, L., Kasibhatla, P. S., Arellano, A. F., Jr, Olsen, S. C., & Kasischke, E. S. (2004). Continental-scale partitioning of fire emissions during the 1997 to 2001 El Niño/La Niña period. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5654), 73–76.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Soustelle, M. (2016). Thermodynamics of Surfaces and Capillary Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Squassina, M. (2016). Introduzione all’Analisi Qualitativa dei Sistemi Dinamici Discreti e Continui (S. Zuccher, Ed.; Vol. 96). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Drews, G., Krippeit-Drews, P., & Düfer, M. (2015). Electrophysiology of Islet Cells. In M. S. Islam (Ed.), Islets of Langerhans (pp. 249–303). 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
Luntz, S. (2016, November 28). Scientists Create Diamond Battery Fueled By Nuclear Waste. 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. (1992). Automated Patent System: Information on PTO’s Program to Automate Patent Information and Processes (T-IMTEC-92-20). 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
Rouhani, M. (2013). Overdose prevention and naloxone distribution: A grant project [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
Poniewozik, J. (2016, September 19). When There’s Nothing Like a Good Cry. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (von Braun, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Deuss & Woodhouse, 2001; von Braun, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Deuss & Woodhouse, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Ackerman et al., 2015)
  • 6 or more authors: (van der Werf et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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