How to format your references using the The Journal of Economic Inequality citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Journal of Economic Inequality. 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
Hertwig, R.: Psychology. Tapping into the wisdom of the crowd--with confidence. Science. 336, 303–304 (2012)
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhou, Z., Zhang, F.: A long-tailed, seed-eating bird from the Early Cretaceous of China. Nature. 418, 405–409 (2002)
A journal article with 3 authors
Mungall, J.E., Ames, D.E., Hanley, J.J.: Geochemical evidence from the Sudbury structure for crustal redistribution by large bolide impacts. Nature. 429, 546–548 (2004)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tanovic, A., Samel, S.A., Essen, L.-O., Marahiel, M.A.: Crystal structure of the termination module of a nonribosomal peptide synthetase. Science. 321, 659–663 (2008)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Alexandrovna, M.I., Ionin, B.I., Tebby, J.C.: Alkynes in Cycloadditions. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK (2013)
An edited book
Celletti, A., Ferraz-Mello, S. eds: Periodic, Quasi-Periodic and Chaotic Motions in Celestial Mechanics: Theory and Applications: Selected papers from the Fourth Meeting on Celestial Mechanics, CELMEC IV San Martino al Cimino (Italy), 11–16 September 2005. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2006)
A chapter in an edited book
Ricciardi, F.: ICTs in an Ageing Society: An Overview of Emerging Research Streams. In: D’Atri, A., De Marco, M., Braccini, A.M., and Cabiddu, F. (eds.) Management of the Interconnected World: ItAIS: The Italian Association for Information Systems. pp. 37–44. Physica-Verlag HD, Heidelberg (2010)

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 The Journal of Economic Inequality.

Blog post
Luntz, S.: Mouse Lemurs Reveal Tale Of Madagascar’s Forests,


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: Federal Regulatory Policies. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1978)

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Colchero Dorado, R.: Recovering memory in Jordi Soler’s “Los rojos de ultramar,” (2008)

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
Greenhouse, L.: Supreme Court Takes Up Global Warming Case, (2006)

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleThe Journal of Economic Inequality
AbbreviationJ. Econ. Inequal.
ISSN (print)1569-1721
ISSN (online)1573-8701
ScopeOrganizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
Sociology and Political Science

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