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
Carrero-Martínez, F. A. (2011). Education. Rethink summer student research. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6054), 313.
A journal article with 2 authors
Goyal, S., & Zandstra, P. W. (2015). Stem cells: Chasing blood. Nature, 518(7540), 488–490.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yu, Y., Huang, L., & Cao, L. (2014). Semiconductor solar superabsorbers. Scientific reports, 4, 4107.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Maunakea, A. K., Nagarajan, R. P., Bilenky, M., Ballinger, T. J., D’Souza, C., Fouse, S. D., et al. (2010). Conserved role of intragenic DNA methylation in regulating alternative promoters. Nature, 466(7303), 253–257.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Belsey, C. (2011). A Future for Criticism. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Graves, N. (2009). Economics and Preventing Healthcare Acquired Infection. (K. Halton & W. Jarvis, Eds.). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Sun, Q. (2015). In-Situ Urbanization in Tourism-Oriented Towns in China’s Southwest Mountainous Area: A Case Study of Yongxin Town. In L. Shen, K. Ye, & C. Mao (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (pp. 37–46). 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
Hale, T. (2016, August 19). Video Of A Mock Occult Ritual At CERN Circulates Online. 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. (1997). Weather Service Modernization: Risks Remain That Full Systems Potential Will Not be Achieved (No. T-AIMD-97-85). 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
Tian, C. Y. (2010). Studies of equilibrium conditions in housing markets (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Hubbard, B., Mazzetti, M., & Schmitt, E. (2017, July 19). Saudi King’s Son Plotted Effort to Oust His Rival. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Carrero-Martínez 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Carrero-Martínez 2011; Goyal and Zandstra 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Goyal and Zandstra 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Maunakea et al. 2010)

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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