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
Bloom, B. R. (2000). On the particularity of pathogens. Nature, 406(6797), 760–761.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sachs, M. S., & Geballe, A. P. (2002). Biochemistry. Sense and sensitivity--controlling the ribosome. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5588), 1820–1821.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hwang, H., Opresko, P., & Myong, S. (2014). Single-molecule real-time detection of telomerase extension activity. Scientific Reports, 4, 6391.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Barbera, A. J., Chodaparambil, J. V., Kelley-Clarke, B., Joukov, V., Walter, J. C., Luger, K., & Kaye, K. M. (2006). The nucleosomal surface as a docking station for Kaposi’s sarcoma herpesvirus LANA. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5762), 856–861.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Breitmaier, E. (2005). Vom NMR-Spektrum zur Strukturformel organischer Verbindungen. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Röhrbein, F., Veiga, G., & Natale, C. (Eds.). (2014). Gearing up and accelerating cross‐fertilization between academic and industrial robotics research in Europe: Technology transfer experiments from the ECHORD project (Vol. 94). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Udwadia, F. E., & Wanichanon, T. (2014). A New Approach to the Tracking Control of Uncertain Nonlinear Multi-body Mechanical Systems. In R. N. Jazar & L. Dai (Eds.), Nonlinear Approaches in Engineering Applications 2 (pp. 101–136). 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
Andrew, E. (2015, July 6). When are we Most Likely to Catch Viral Diseases? IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1996). Regulatory Burden (GGD-97-26R). 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
Luscinski, A. (2017). Best Practices in Adult Online Learning [Doctoral dissertation]. 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
St. John Kelly, E. (1994, May 29). PLAYING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. New York Times, 148.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bloom, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Bloom, 2000; Sachs & Geballe, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Sachs & Geballe, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Hwang et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Barbera et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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