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
Kelly, Kathryn A. 2004. Atmospheric science. Wind data: a promise in peril. Science (New York, N.Y.) 303: 962–963.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mukhopadhyay, Debdyuti, and Howard Riezman. 2007. Proteasome-independent functions of ubiquitin in endocytosis and signaling. Science (New York, N.Y.) 315: 201–205.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lowman, Margaret, Charlene D’Avanzo, and Carol Brewer. 2009. Ecology. A national ecological network for research and education. Science (New York, N.Y.) 323: 1172–1173.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Bourc’his, D., G. L. Xu, C. S. Lin, B. Bollman, and T. H. Bestor. 2001. Dnmt3L and the establishment of maternal genomic imprints. Science (New York, N.Y.) 294: 2536–2539.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lyatkher, Victor M., and Alexander M. Proudovsky. 2016. Hydraulic Modeling. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kirk, William. 2014. Fixed Point Theory in Distance Spaces. Edited by Naseer Shahzad. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Albert, Jürgen, and German Tischler. 2011. Ancient Typefaces and Parametric Weighted Finite Automata. In Rainbow of Computer Science: Dedicated to Hermann Maurer on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday, ed. Cristian S. Calude, Grzegorz Rozenberg, and Arto Salomaa, 49–62. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 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 Religious Research.

Blog post
Hamilton, Kristy. 2016. The Real Reason The EpiPen And Other Off-Patents Are So Expensive. IFLScience. IFLScience. August 30.


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. 1980. Highway Safety Research and Development--Better Management Can Make It More Useful. CED-80-87A. 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
Morris, Lauren. 2010. Evolving the leadership model of the American theatre to forge a fiscally and artistically secure future. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: 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
Robertson, Campbell, Mary Williams Walsh, and Michael Cooper. 2011. Bankruptcy Rarely Offers Easy Answer For Counties. New York Times, November 11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kelly 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Kelly 2004; Mukhopadhyay and Riezman 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Mukhopadhyay and Riezman 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Bourc’his et al. 2001)

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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