How to format your references using the Revista de la educación superior citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Revista de la educación superior. 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
Nutt, D. (2014). Help luck along to find psychiatric medicines. Nature, 515(7526), 165.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dyker, C. A., & Bertrand, G. (2008). Chemistry. Soluble allotropes of main-group elements. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5892), 1050–1051.
A journal article with 3 authors
Prochaska, J. X., Howk, J. C., & Wolfe, A. M. (2003). The elemental abundance pattern in a galaxy at z = 2.626. Nature, 423(6935), 57–59.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Shen, C., Wang, X., Zhang, W., & Kang, F. (2013). Direct prototyping of patterned nanoporous carbon: a route from materials to on-chip devices. Scientific Reports, 3, 2294.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lad, B. K., Shrivastava, D., & Kulkarni, M. S. (2016). Machine Tool Reliability. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Andreosso-O’Callaghan, B., & Royall, F. (Eds.). (2013). Economic and Political Change in Asia and Europe: Social Movement Analyses. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Donald, B. R. (2012). The Compass That Steered Robotics. In R. L. Constable & A. Silva (Eds.), Logic and Program Semantics: Essays Dedicated to Dexter Kozen on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday (pp. 50–65). 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 Revista de la educación superior.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016, June 7). Finland To Bury Its Nuclear Waste For 100,000 Years. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1999). Hydra 70 Rocket: Recent Performance Has Improved (No. NSIAD-99-126R). 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
Dusenberry, W. (2017). Integrating depth psychology in adolescent court-mandated treatment facilities: Increasing treatment efficacy and client engagement (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.

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
Rothenberg, B. (2017, August 16). Müller Climbs the Rankings at an Age When Others Retire. New York Times, p. B11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nutt, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Dyker & Bertrand, 2008; Nutt, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Dyker & Bertrand, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Prochaska, Howk, & Wolfe, 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Shen, Wang, Zhang, & Kang, 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleRevista de la educación superior
ISSN (print)0185-2760

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