How to format your references using the The Review of Black Political Economy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Review of Black Political Economy. 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
Nobrega MA. Journal club. A human geneticist explores the ways that genes are regulated. Nature. 2010 Jul 1;466(7302):11.
A journal article with 2 authors
LeRoy BJ, Yankowitz M. Physics. Emergent complex states in bilayer graphene. Science. 2014 Jul 4;345(6192):31–2.
A journal article with 3 authors
Clevers H, Loh KM, Nusse R. Stem cell signaling. An integral program for tissue renewal and regeneration: Wnt signaling and stem cell control. Science. 2014 Oct 3;346(6205):1248012.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Clack JA, Ahlberg PE, Finney SM, Dominguez Alonso P, Robinson J, Ketcham RA. A uniquely specialized ear in a very early tetrapod. Nature. 2003 Sep 4;425(6953):65–9.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Yamarone R. The Trader’s Guide to Key Economic Indicators. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2012.
An edited book
Eymann T, Klügl F, Lamersdorf W, Klusch M, Huhns MN, editors. Multiagent System Technologies: Third German Conference, MATES 2005, Koblenz, Germany, September 11-13, 2005. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
Koenig RE, Locher P, Haenni R. Attacking the Verification Code Mechanism in the Norwegian Internet Voting System. In: Heather J, Schneider S, Teague V, editors. E-Voting and Identify: 4th International Conference, Vote-ID 2013, Guildford, UK, July 17-19, 2013. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013. p. 76–92.

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 Review of Black Political Economy.

Blog post
Luntz S. The Earliest Life In The Universe Could Have Formed On Planets Made Of Diamond. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2016.


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. Integration of Current Implementation Efforts with Long-term Planning for the Next Generation Air Transportation System. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2010 Nov. Report No.: GAO-11-132R.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Verderame N. An educational curriculum for registered dietitians to educate obese patients on the nutrition approach for stress management [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2013.

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
Sisario B. Metallica’s ‘Hardwired’ Hits No. 1 on Chart. New York Times. 2016 Nov 28;C4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nobrega 2010).
This sentence cites two references (LeRoy and Yankowitz 2014; Nobrega 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (LeRoy and Yankowitz 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Clack et al. 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleThe Review of Black Political Economy
AbbreviationRev. Black Polit. Econ.
ISSN (print)0034-6446
ISSN (online)1936-4814
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics
Cultural Studies

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