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
Bourzac, Katherine. 2014. Microbiome: the bacterial tightrope. Nature 516: S14-6.
A journal article with 2 authors
Geballe, T. R., and T. Oka. 2006. Astronomy. A key molecular ion in the universe and in the laboratory. Science (New York, N.Y.) 312: 1610–1612.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yi, John S., Ming Du, and Allan J. Zajac. 2009. A vital role for interleukin-21 in the control of a chronic viral infection. Science (New York, N.Y.) 324: 1572–1576.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Gomes, R., H. F. Levison, K. Tsiganis, and A. Morbidelli. 2005. Origin of the cataclysmic Late Heavy Bombardment period of the terrestrial planets. Nature 435: 466–469.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Morris, Arthur E., Gordon Geiger, and H. Alan Fine. 2011. Handbook on Material and Energy Balance Calculations in Material Processing. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Katzschner, Antje, Michael Waibel, Dirk Schwede, Lutz Katzschner, Michael Schmidt, and Harry Storch, ed. 2016. Sustainable Ho Chi Minh City: Climate Policies for Emerging Mega Cities. 1st ed. 2016. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Dumova, Tatyana. 2015. Building University-Community Partnerships. In Community Engagement in Higher Education: Policy Reforms and Practice, ed. W. James Jacob, Stewart E. Sutin, John C. Weidman, and John L. Yeager, 73–88. Rotterdam: SensePublishers.

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
Davis, Josh. 2015. Spider Mites Will Choose A Dead Mate Over A Live One. IFLScience. IFLScience. May 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. 2006. Aviation Security: Management Challenges Remain for the Transportation Security Administration’s Secure Flight Program. GAO-06-864T. 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
Spruill, Edric L. 2008. A correlational analysis relating organizational climate to employee performance: A case study. 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
Babcock, Linda. 2008. Women, Repeat This: Don’t Ask, Don’t Get. New York Times, April 6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bourzac 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Geballe and Oka 2006; Bourzac 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Geballe and Oka 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Gomes 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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