How to format your references using the The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. 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
Robinson, K. (2006). Personal finance. Summer salary and other windfalls. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5792), 1455.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jallepalli, P. V., & Pellman, D. (2007). Cell biology. Aneuploidy in the balance. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5840), 904–905.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bergmann, D. C., Lukowitz, W., & Somerville, C. R. (2004). Stomatal development and pattern controlled by a MAPKK kinase. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5676), 1494–1497.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Aricescu, A. R., Siebold, C., Choudhuri, K., Chang, V. T., Lu, W., Davis, S. J., et al. (2007). Structure of a tyrosine phosphatase adhesive interaction reveals a spacer-clamp mechanism. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5842), 1217–1220.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dickenson, J., Freeman, F., Mills, C. L., Sivasubramaniam, S., & Thode, C. (2012). Molecular Pharmacology. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Lall, S. V., Freire, M., Yuen, B., Rajack, R., & Helluin, J.-J. (Eds.). (2009). Urban Land Markets: Improving Land Management for Successful Urbanization. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Agostoni, C. (2006). Le basi nutrizionali dell’obesità. In M. Giovannini, C. Maffeis, E. Molinari, & S. Scaglioni (Eds.), Salute & equilibrio nutrizionale (pp. 39–58). Milano: 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 The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2017, April 4). Shrimp Proves It’s Hardcore By Taking Down Dragonfish And Gets A Surprise Bonus. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (1995). National Airspace System: Assessment of FAA’s Efforts to Augment the Global Positioning System (No. T-RCED-95-219). 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
Damiano, E. S. (2010). The effects of psychological stress on physical health over time (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Eligon, J., & Gebeloff, R. (2016, August 20). Segregation, the Neighbor That Won’t Leave. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Robinson 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Jallepalli and Pellman 2007; Robinson 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Jallepalli and Pellman 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Aricescu et al. 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleThe Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics
AbbreviationJ. Real Estate Fin. Econ.
ISSN (print)0895-5638
ISSN (online)1573-045X
Economics and Econometrics
Urban Studies

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