How to format your references using the Review of Industrial Organization citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Review of Industrial Organization. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Cannon, B. (2014). Microbiology: Resistance fighters. Nature, 509(7498), S6-8.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kolaczkowski, B., & Thornton, J. W. (2004). Performance of maximum parsimony and likelihood phylogenetics when evolution is heterogeneous. Nature, 431(7011), 980–984.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kuhlenkoetter, S., Wintermeyer, W., & Rodnina, M. V. (2011). Different substrate-dependent transition states in the active site of the ribosome. Nature, 476(7360), 351–354.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Moberg, K. H., Bell, D. W., Wahrer, D. C., Haber, D. A., & Hariharan, I. K. (2001). Archipelago regulates Cyclin E levels in Drosophila and is mutated in human cancer cell lines. Nature, 413(6853), 311–316.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Krasner, D. (2016). A History of Modern Drama. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Abraham, A., Lloret Mauri, J., Buford, J. F., Suzuki, J., & Thampi, S. M. (Eds.). (2011). Advances in Computing and Communications: First International Conference, ACC 2011, Kochi, India, July 22-24, 2011. Proceedings, Part II (Vol. 191). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Revaud, J., Lavoue, G., Ariki, Y., & Baskurt, A. (2011). Task-Specific Salience for Object Recognition. In H. Kwaśnicka & L. C. Jain (Eds.), Innovations in Intelligent Image Analysis (pp. 59–85). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Industrial Organization.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, June 9). Mayan Ancestry Helps Explain Mexico’s High Diabetes Rates. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (2000). Cooperative Research: Results of U.S.-Industry Partnership to Develop a New Generation of Vehicles (No. RCED-00-81). Washington, DC: 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
Luce, G. R. (2015). British viola repertoire of the first half of the twentieth century (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Crow, K. (2002, September 15). A Mystery in Harlem. New York Times, p. 141.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cannon 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Cannon 2014; Kolaczkowski and Thornton 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Kolaczkowski and Thornton 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Moberg et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleReview of Industrial Organization
AbbreviationRev. Ind. Organ.
ISSN (print)0889-938X
ISSN (online)1573-7160
ScopeManagement of Technology and Innovation
Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Strategy and Management
Economics and Econometrics

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