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
Landsea CW. Meteorology: hurricanes and global warming. Nature. 2005 Dec 22;438(7071):E11-2; discussion E13.
A journal article with 2 authors
Žutić I, Cernĕ J. Physics. Chameleon magnets. Science. 2011 May 27;332(6033):1040–1.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sha WEI, Li X, Choy WCH. Breaking the space charge limit in organic solar cells by a novel plasmonic-electrical concept. Sci. Rep. 2014 Aug 29;4:6236.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Bergeron DE, Castleman AW Jr, Morisato T, Khanna SN. Formation of Al13I-: evidence for the superhalogen character of Al13. Science. 2004 Apr 2;304(5667):84–7.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Berthier J, Brakke KA, Berthier E. Open Microfluidics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2016.
An edited book
Ogras UY. Modeling, Analysis and Optimization of Network-on-Chip Communication Architectures. Marculescu R, editor. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Warren JF. Philippine Typhoons Since the Seventeenth Century. In: Bankoff G, Christensen J, editors. Natural Hazards and Peoples in the Indian Ocean World: Bordering on Danger. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US; 2016. p. 105–41.

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
Davis J. Russia Plans To Cull 100,000 Reindeer To Prevent Spread Of “Zombie” Anthrax [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2016 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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. District of Columbia: Inmate Participation in Correctional Programs and Previous Lorton Confinements. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1987 Sep. Report No.: GGD-87-90.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Coyle M. Pre-Service School Counselor’s Perception of Professional Identity Development During Internship [Doctoral dissertation]. [Washington, DC]: George Washington University; 2017.

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
Koblin J. Elena Ferrante Series Is Coming to HBO. New York Times. 2017 Mar 30;C2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Landsea 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Landsea 2005; Žutić and Cernĕ 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Žutić and Cernĕ 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Bergeron et al. 2004)

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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