How to format your references using the Socio-Economic Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Socio-Economic Review. 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
Tiedemann, M. W. (2000) ‘The Song of the Neanderthal’, Nature, 404, 127.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wickens, M. and Kwak, J. E. (2008) ‘Molecular Biology. A Tail Tale for U’, Science (New York, N.Y.), 319, 1344–1345.
A journal article with 3 authors
Foley, S., Tiepolo, M. and Vannucci, R. (2002) ‘Growth of Early Continental Crust Controlled by Melting of Amphibolite in Subduction Zones’, Nature, 417, 837–840.
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Yuan, H. Q., Singleton, J., Balakirev, F. F., Baily, S. A., Chen, G. F., Luo, J. L. and Wang, N. L. (2009) ‘Nearly Isotropic Superconductivity in (Ba,K)Fe(2)As(2)’, Nature, 457, 565–568.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Haginomori, E., Koshiduka, T., Arai, J. and Ikeda, H. (2016) Power System Transient Analysis, Chichester, UK, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Fox, J. (ed) (2016) Sustainable Electricity: Case Studies from Electric Power Companies in North America, Cham, Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Tian, J., Chen, J., Chen, G., Wu, P., Zhang, H. and Zhao, Y. (2015) ‘The Concept and Research Progress of MAS’. In Chen, J., Chen, G., Wu, P., Zhang, H., and Zhao, Y. (eds) Genetic Analyses of Wheat and Molecular Marker-Assisted Breeding, Volume 2: Conditional QTL Analysis and MAS, Dordrecht, Springer Netherlands, pp. 179–185.

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 Socio-Economic Review.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2016) ‘Tumor Discovered In A 225-Million-Year-Old Fossil’, IFLScience, accessed at on October 30, 2018.


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 (1989) Senate Bill 543: The Job Training Partnership Act Youth Employment Amendments of 1989, 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
Schaeffler, K. P. (2015) From Flag Officer to Corporate Leader: A Phenomenological Study of the Influence of Career Transition on Executive Leadership and Professional Identity, Doctoral dissertation, Washington, DC, George Washington 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
Hollander, S. (2001) ‘Is the Field Getting Too Crowded?’, New York Times ( 9 September 2001).

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Tiedemann, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Tiedemann, 2000; Wickens and Kwak, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Wickens and Kwak, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Yuan et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleSocio-Economic Review
AbbreviationSocioecon. Rev.
ISSN (print)1475-1461
ISSN (online)1475-147X
ScopeGeneral Economics, Econometrics and Finance
Sociology and Political Science

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