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
Hodson, R. (2015). Prostate cancer: 4 big questions. Nature, 528(7582), S137.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kim, H., & Kwon, S. (2013). Materials science. Water-responsive polymer composites on the move. Science (New York, N.Y.), 339(6116), 150–151.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pier, H., Kapon, E., & Moser, M. (2000). Strain effects and phase transitions in photonic resonator crystals. Nature, 407(6806), 880–883.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Pushkarev, A., Inoue, K., Larom, S., Flores-Uribe, J., Singh, M., Konno, M., et al. (2018). A distinct abundant group of microbial rhodopsins discovered using functional metagenomics. Nature, 558(7711), 595–599.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wolf, E. L., & Medikonda, M. (2012). Understanding the Nanotechnology Revolution. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Tang, C. S., & Netessine, S. (Eds.). (2009). Consumer-Driven Demand and Operations Management Models: A Systematic Study of Information-Technology-Enabled Sales Mechanisms (1st ed., Vol. 131). Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Bozzelli, L. (2005). Complexity Results on Branching-Time Pushdown Model Checking. In E. A. Emerson & K. S. Namjoshi (Eds.), Verification, Model Checking, and Abstract Interpretation: 7th International Conference, VMCAI 2006, Charleston, SC, USA, January 8-10, 2006. Proceedings (pp. 65–79). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Andrew, E. (2015, September 8). When Should You Take Antibiotics? 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. (2009). Small Business Innovation Research: Observations on Agencies’ Data Collection and Eligibility Determination Efforts (No. GAO-09-956T). 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
Spindel, S. A. (2014). Evaluation of optical sensor platforms for multiplexed detection of proteins (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Feeney, K. (2008, January 27). Hearty, and Classic, Favorites. New York Times, p. NJ9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hodson 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Hodson 2015; Kim and Kwon 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Kim and Kwon 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Pushkarev et al. 2018)

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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