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
Hoag, H. (2003). Chemists’ salaries turn south. Nature, 422(6933), 650.
A journal article with 2 authors
Weir, J. T., & Schluter, D. (2007). The latitudinal gradient in recent speciation and extinction rates of birds and mammals. Science (New York, N.Y.), 315(5818), 1574–1576.
A journal article with 3 authors
Agrawal, A. F., Brodie, E. D., 3rd, & Brown, J. (2001). Parent-offspring coadaptation and the dual genetic control of maternal care. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5522), 1710–1712.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, X., Zhao, X., Gao, P., & Wu, M. (2013). c-Myc modulates microRNA processing via the transcriptional regulation of Drosha. Scientific reports, 3, 1942.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Denny, H. R., & Butterworth, S. J. (2008). A Guide to Canine and Feline Orthopaedic Surgery. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Science Ltd.
An edited book
McGeer, R., Berman, M., Elliott, C., & Ricci, R. (Eds.). (2016). The GENI Book. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Lampley, A. J., Gross, C. E., Klement, M., & Easley, M. E. (2016). Clinical Examination. In V. Valderrabano & M. Easley (Eds.), Foot and Ankle Sports Orthopaedics (pp. 39–48). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 5). Stunning Video Depicts Cassini Spacecraft’s Dramatic End. 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. (1993). Food Assistance: Information on Meal Costs in the National School Lunch Program (No. RCED-94-32BR). 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
Davis, K. (2010). Manifesting archetypal energy through music (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, 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
Kelly, C. (2008, August 3). An Island, Untamed and Divided. New York Times, p. WE1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hoag 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Hoag 2003; Weir and Schluter 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Weir and Schluter 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang 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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