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
Koentges, G. (2010). Journal club. A genomic systems biologist muses on how shared DNA mistakes reveal shared cellular ancestry. Nature, 467(7313), 255.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pevzner, P., & Shamir, R. (2009). Computing has changed biology--biology education must catch up. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5940), 541–542.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wender, P. A., Kee, J.-M., & Warrington, J. M. (2008). Practical synthesis of prostratin, DPP, and their analogs, adjuvant leads against latent HIV. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5876), 649–652.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Young, J., Walker, S. M., Bomphrey, R. J., Taylor, G. K., & Thomas, A. L. R. (2009). Details of insect wing design and deformation enhance aerodynamic function and flight efficiency. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5947), 1549–1552.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Evans, A. J. (2014). Markets for Managers. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Moustakas, A., & Miyazawa, K. (Eds.). (2013). TGF-β in Human Disease. Tokyo: Springer Japan.
A chapter in an edited book
Gendler, R., Christensen, L. L., & Malin, D. (2011). The Southern Spring. In L. L. Christensen & D. Malin (Eds.), Treasures of the Southern Sky (pp. 166–207). 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
Taub, B. (2016, November 25). Electric Shocks To The Brain Help People Navigate A Maze Without Even Seeing It. 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. (1983). Follow-up Review of the IR Maverick Program (No. 931116). 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
Senk, J. M. (2015). The life stories of women warriors: An exploratory study of female student-veterans balancing the transition to college (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, 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
Murphy, M. J. O. (2016, March 11). For St. Patrick’s Day Parade 1855, Snow on the Clover. New York Times, p. C26.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Koentges 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Koentges 2010; Pevzner and Shamir 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Pevzner and Shamir 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Young et al. 2009)

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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