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
Thiffeault, J.-L. (2010) ‘Oceans. Chaos in the Gulf’, Science (New York, N.Y.), 330, 458–459.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gleich, B. and Weizenecker, J. (2005) ‘Tomographic Imaging Using the Nonlinear Response of Magnetic Particles’, Nature, 435, 1214–1217.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wang, L. J., Kuzmich, A. and Dogariu, A. (2000) ‘Gain-Assisted Superluminal Light Propagation’, Nature, 406, 277–279.
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Heil, M., Greiner, S., Meimberg, H., Krüger, R., Noyer, J.-L., Heubl, G., Linsenmair, K. E. and Boland, W. (2004) ‘Evolutionary Change from Induced to Constitutive Expression of an Indirect Plant Resistance’, Nature, 430, 205–208.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wen, S. and Huang, P. (2017) Principles of Tribology, Singapore, John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Rehm, G. and Uszkoreit, H. (eds) (2012) The French Language in the Digital Age, Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Zbib, H. M. (2012) ‘Introduction to Discrete Dislocation Dynamics’. In Sansour, C. and Skatulla, S. (eds) Generalized Continua and Dislocation Theory: Theoretical Concepts, Computational Methods and Experimental Verification, Vienna, Springer, pp. 289–317.

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
Carpineti, A. (2016) ‘Neutron Star Collisions May Explain Origin Of Heavy Elements Like Gold’, 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 (1986) Guide for Writing Executive Summaries, 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
Nam, Y.-H. (2008) On Throughput-Reliability-Delay Tradeoffs in Wireless Networks, Doctoral dissertation, Columbus, OH, Ohio State 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
Murphy, M. J. O. (2015) ‘Weekend Entertainments From the Archives of The New York Times’, New York Times ( 15 May 2015).

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Thiffeault, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Thiffeault, 2010; Gleich and Weizenecker, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Gleich and Weizenecker, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Heil et al., 2004)

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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