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
Koen, D. (2005). Nuts and bolts. Networking for introverts. Nature, 434(7029), 120.
A journal article with 2 authors
Heisler, I. A., & Meech, S. R. (2010). Low-frequency modes of aqueous alkali halide solutions: glimpsing the hydrogen bonding vibration. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5967), 857–860.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schuler, B., Lipman, E. A., & Eaton, W. A. (2002). Probing the free-energy surface for protein folding with single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy. Nature, 419(6908), 743–747.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Deechongkit, S., Nguyen, H., Powers, E. T., Dawson, P. E., Gruebele, M., & Kelly, J. W. (2004). Context-dependent contributions of backbone hydrogen bonding to beta-sheet folding energetics. Nature, 430(6995), 101–105.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Patterson, S. J., & Radtke, J. M. (2009). Strategic Communications for Nonprofit Organizations. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Deng, L. (2014). Developing Chinese EFL Learners’ Generic Competence: A Genre-based & Process Genre Approach. (Q. Chen & Y. Zhang, Eds.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Klein, G. H. (2013). Linking the Person-Centered Approach to the Arts: Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy and Empowerment. In J. H. D. Cornelius-White, R. Motschnig-Pitrik, & M. Lux (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Applications of the Person-Centered Approach (pp. 49–56). New York, NY: 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
Fang, J. (2014, August 12). The Moon Might Still Have Partly Molten Insides. 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. (1980). Opinion on the Legality of the Scheduled Transfer of Administrative Responsibility for Certain Law Enforcement Education Programs (No. B-198096). 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
Goldstein, D. L. (2010). Integration of geospatial technologies into K–12 curriculum: An investigation of teacher and student perceptions and student academic achievement (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

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
Kelly Beatty, J., & Special to The New. (1985, June 18). EARLY DATA ARRIVE FROM PROBE ON VENUS. New York Times, p. C8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Koen 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Heisler and Meech 2010; Koen 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Heisler and Meech 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Deechongkit et al. 2004)

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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