How to format your references using the Review of Religious Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Review of Religious Research. 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
Clark, Andrew G. 2014. Genetics: The vital Y chromosome. Nature 508: 463–465.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hanrieder, Jörg, and Andrew G. Ewing. 2014. Spatial elucidation of spinal cord lipid- and metabolite- regulations in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Scientific reports 4: 5266.
A journal article with 3 authors
Depège, Nathalie, Stéphane Bellafiore, and Jean-David Rochaix. 2003. Role of chloroplast protein kinase Stt7 in LHCII phosphorylation and state transition in Chlamydomonas. Science (New York, N.Y.) 299: 1572–1575.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Ventura, Mario, Francesca Antonacci, Maria Francesca Cardone, Roscoe Stanyon, Pietro D’Addabbo, Angelo Cellamare, L. James Sprague, Evan E. Eichler, Nicoletta Archidiacono, and Mariano Rocchi. 2007. Evolutionary formation of new centromeres in macaque. Science (New York, N.Y.) 316: 243–246.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Islam, M. R., J. S. Islam, G. M. Zatzman, M. A. H. Mughal, and M. Safiur Rahman. 2016. The Greening of Pharmaceutical Engineering. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley &;#38; Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Yu, Wen, ed. 2009. Recent Advances in Intelligent Control Systems. London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bachrach, Daniel G., Jessica Ogilvie, Adam Rapp, and Joe Calamusa. 2016. In-Store Wi-Fi: Engaging Showroomers on Their Terms. In More Than a Showroom: Strategies for Winning Back Online Shoppers, ed. Jessica Ogilvie, Adam Rapp, and Joe Calamusa, 75–92. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US.

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 Religious Research.

Blog post
Luntz, Stephen. 2016. Single Cure Found For Three Neglected Diseases. IFLScience. IFLScience. August 8.


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. 2001. FTS 2001: Contract Transition Delays and Their Impact on Program Goals. GAO-01-544T. 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
Holland, Joseph Hampton. 2010. Investigating the relationship between the policy implementation process and the utilization of information technology in a constitutional republic: The case of I-269 NEPA process. Doctoral dissertation, Mississippi State, MS: Mississippi State 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
Billard, Mary. 2010. A Bag That Says ‘Beach Day!’ New York Times, July 29.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Clark 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Clark 2014; Hanrieder and Ewing 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Hanrieder and Ewing 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Ventura et al. 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleReview of Religious Research
AbbreviationRev. Relig. Res.
ISSN (print)0034-673X
ISSN (online)2211-4866
Religious studies

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