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
You, Zhong. 2014. Materials design. Folding structures out of flat materials. Science (New York, N.Y.) 345: 623–624.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lupulescu, Alexandra I., and Jeffrey D. Rimer. 2014. In situ imaging of silicalite-1 surface growth reveals the mechanism of crystallization. Science (New York, N.Y.) 344: 729–732.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kaiser, Trish E., Robert V. Intine, and Miroslav Dundr. 2008. De novo formation of a subnuclear body. Science (New York, N.Y.) 322: 1713–1717.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Kolenderski, Piotr, Carmelo Scarcella, Kelsey D. Johnsen, Deny R. Hamel, Catherine Holloway, Lynden K. Shalm, Simone Tisa, Alberto Tosi, Kevin J. Resch, and Thomas Jennewein. 2014. Time-resolved double-slit interference pattern measurement with entangled photons. Scientific reports 4: 4685.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fiske, Jay R., and Corinne A. Fiske. 2009. The Big Book of Benefit Auctions. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Naccache, David, ed. 2012. Cryptography and Security: From Theory to Applications: Essays Dedicated to Jean-Jacques Quisquater on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday. Vol. 6805. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kaksonen, Marko. 2010. Actin in Clathrin-Mediated Endocytosis. In Actin-based Motility: Cellular, Molecular and Physical Aspects, ed. Marie-France Carlier, 85–101. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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
Andrew, Elise. 2016. The Greatest Taboo? The Surprising Truth Of What The Bible Says About Incest. IFLScience. IFLScience. May 9.


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. 2005. Survey of Large- and Medium-Hub Airports on Existing and Planned Bus and Rail Connections, an E-supplement to GAO-05-727. GAO-05-738SP. 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
Magner, Karen A. 2010. Evaluation of admissions criteria and practices with regards to successful online learning styles and characteristics. Doctoral dissertation, Malibu, CA: Pepperdine 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
Kelly, Caitlin. 2007. Lesson One: The Price the Contractor Quotes Is an Estimate. New York Times, February 22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (You 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Lupulescu and Rimer 2014; You 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Lupulescu and Rimer 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Kolenderski et al. 2014)

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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