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
Schiermeier, Q. (2000). German Greens go cold on nuclear fusion. Nature, 405(6783), 107.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ou, X., & Wu, H. (2014). Impact of spin-orbit coupling on the magnetism of Sr₃MIrO₆ (M = Ni, Co). Scientific Reports, 4, 4609.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mohr, J. T., Krout, M. R., & Stoltz, B. M. (2008). Natural products as inspiration for the development of asymmetric catalysis. Nature, 455(7211), 323–332.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chen, X., Spaeth, R. B., Retzepi, K., Ott, D., & Kong, J. (2014). Acupuncture modulates cortical thickness and functional connectivity in knee osteoarthritis patients. Scientific Reports, 4, 6482.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Millon, T., & Grossman, S. (2007). Moderating Severe Personality Disorders. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Corruble, V., Takeda, M., & Suzuki, E. (Eds.). (2007). Discovery Science: 10th International Conference, DS 2007 Sendai, Japan, October 1-4, 2007. Proceedings (Vol. 4755). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Zalba, P. E., Morosi, M. E., & Conconi, M. S. (2016). Lobería County. In M. E. Morosi & M. S. Conconi (Eds.), Gondwana Industrial Clays: Tandilia System, Argentina-Geology and Applications (pp. 93–105). 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 Revista de la educación superior.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, October 23). “Gentle” Microscope Reveals 3D Action Shots Of Living Organisms. 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. (2005). Transportation Security: Systematic Planning Needed to Optimize Resources (GAO-05-357T). 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
Yi, Z. (2009). Dynamics of bio-membranes investigated by neutron spin echo: Effects of phospholipid conformations and presence of lidocaine [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana 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
Branch, J. (2016, August 14). A Gladiator’s Guidance. New York Times, D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schiermeier, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Ou & Wu, 2014; Schiermeier, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Ou & Wu, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Mohr et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Chen et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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