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
Bohannon, J. (2009). The Gonzo Scientist. The Science Dance Match-Up Challenge. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5925), 332.
A journal article with 2 authors
Walmsley, I. A., & Raymer, M. G. (2005). Applied physics. Toward quantum-information processing with photons. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5716), 1733–1734.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mayberry, R. I., Lock, E., & Kazmi, H. (2002). Linguistic ability and early language exposure. Nature, 417(6884), 38.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kim, J.-H., Ko, Y.-H., Gong, S.-H., Ko, S.-M., & Cho, Y.-H. (2013). Ultrafast single photon emitting quantum photonic structures based on a nano-obelisk. Scientific reports, 3, 2150.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Grimes, R. A. (2017). Hacking the Hacker. Indianapolis, Indiana: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Foss, S. (2013). An Introduction to Heavy-Tailed and Subexponential Distributions. (D. Korshunov & S. Zachary, Eds.) (2nd ed. 2013.). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Barford, P., Chen, Y., Goyal, A., Li, Z., Paxson, V., & Yegneswaran, V. (2010). Employing Honeynets For Network Situational Awareness. In S. Jajodia, P. Liu, V. Swarup, & C. Wang (Eds.), Cyber Situational Awareness: Issues and Research (pp. 71–102). Boston, MA: Springer US.

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
Taub, B. (2016, August 25). Meet Octobot, The First Ever Fully Soft-Bodied Robot. 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. (1973). Training and Education Programs for Civilian Employees in the Federal Government (No. B-164031(1)). 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
Kalavacherla, R. S. (2017). DFT study of the improved performance of oxygen reduction reaction on gold-copper alloy in a PEM fuel cell (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
Crow, K. (2002, July 7). Some Merchants Tire of Going Hollywood. New York Times, p. 145.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bohannon 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Bohannon 2009; Walmsley and Raymer 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Walmsley and Raymer 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Kim et al. 2013)

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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