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
Tollestrup, A. V. 2000. Robert Rathbun Wilson (1914-2000). Nature 404: 350.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kerrick, D. M., and J. A. Connolly. 2001. Metamorphic devolatilization of subducted marine sediments and the transport of volatiles into the Earth’s mantle. Nature 411: 293–296.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wisse, Brent E., Francis Kim, and Michael W. Schwartz. 2007. Physiology. An integrative view of obesity. Science (New York, N.Y.) 318: 928–929.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Kukura, Philipp, David W. McCamant, Sangwoon Yoon, Daniel B. Wandschneider, and Richard A. Mathies. 2005. Structural observation of the primary isomerization in vision with femtosecond-stimulated Raman. Science (New York, N.Y.) 310: 1006–1009.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cooke, Roger. 2007. Classical Algebra: Its Nature, Origins, and Uses. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Iwama, Kazuo, Yasuhito Kawano, and Mio Murao, ed. 2013. Theory of Quantum Computation, Communication, and Cryptography: 7th Conference, TQC 2012, Tokyo, Japan, May 17-19, 2012, Revised Selected Papers. Vol. 7582. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Baskaran, Charumathi, and Madhusmita Misra. 2016. Undernutrition, Inflammation and Catabolic Illness, and Growth Hormone Secretion. In Growth Hormone Deficiency: Physiology and Clinical Management, ed. Laurie E. Cohen, 47–61. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
Carpineti, Alfredo. 2016. Glorious Gravitational Lens Discovered In The Distant Universe. IFLScience. IFLScience. July 26.


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. 1975. Federal Funding Provided to 10 Police Departments for Intelligence Activities. GGD-76-21. 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
Okada, Takaaki. 2012. Corporate culture and organizational efficiency in the competitive international market. Doctoral dissertation, Phoenix, AZ: University of Phoenix.

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
Saslow, Linda. 2009. Putting Veterans First in the Job Market. New York Times, January 11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Tollestrup 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Tollestrup 2000; Kerrick and Connolly 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Kerrick and Connolly 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Kukura et al. 2005)

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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