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 (J Real Estate Finan Econ). 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
Wilmot, C. M. (2007). Biochemistry. An ancient and intimate partnership. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5823), 379–380.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yan, J., & Aldrich, R. W. (2010). LRRC26 auxiliary protein allows BK channel activation at resting voltage without calcium. Nature, 466(7305), 513–516.
A journal article with 3 authors
Scarf, D., Hayne, H., & Colombo, M. (2011). Pigeons on par with primates in numerical competence. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6063), 1664.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
De Hong, C., Ren, L. L., Yu, H., & Qiang, W. (2014). The role of dapoxetine hydrochloride on-demand for the treatment of men with premature ejaculation. Scientific reports, 4, 7269.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tardu, S. (2011). Statistical Approach to Wall Turbulence. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bulte, J. W. M., & Modo, M. M. J. (Eds.). (2008). Nanoparticles in Biomedical Imaging: Emerging Technologies and Applications (Vol. 102). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Blattmann, R. (2014). International Criminal Justice in Africa: Specific Procedural Aspects of the First Trial Judgment of the International Criminal Court. In G. Werle, L. Fernandez, & M. Vormbaum (Eds.), Africa and the International Criminal Court (pp. 35–48). The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press.

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
O`Callaghan, J. (2017, January 24). New Crab Species Honors Harry Potter (And The Crustacean Of Secrets). 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. (2002). Space Transportation: Challenges Facing NASA’s Space Launch Initiative (No. GAO-02-1020). 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
Cano, M. (2015). An in-home visitation program for homebound older adult Veterans: A grant proposal (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
Pilon, M. (2012, May 18). I.O.C. Rejects ’72 Remembrance. New York Times, p. B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wilmot 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Wilmot 2007, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Yan and Aldrich 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (De Hong et al. 2014)

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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