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
Julien M-H. Physics. Magnetic fields make waves in cuprates. Science. 2015 Nov 20;350(6263):914–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sheppard SS, Trujillo CA. Detection of a trailing (L5) Neptune Trojan. Science. 2010 Sep 10;329(5997):1304.
A journal article with 3 authors
Petersen-Mahrt SK, Harris RS, Neuberger MS. AID mutates E. coli suggesting a DNA deamination mechanism for antibody diversification. Nature. 2002 Jul 4;418(6893):99–103.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Janssen BJC, Read RJ, Brünger AT, Gros P. Crystallography: crystallographic evidence for deviating C3b structure. Nature. 2007 Aug 9;448(7154):E1-2; discussion E2-3.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Leung M-Y, Chan IYS, Cooper CL. Stress Management in the Construction Industry. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2014.
An edited book
Ducheine PAL, Schmitt MN, Osinga FPB, editors. Targeting: The Challenges of Modern Warfare. 1st ed. 2016. The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Chalmers N. Sites of Arterial Access and the Role of Closure Devices in Percutaneous Arterial Intervention. In: Cowling MG, editor. Vascular Interventional Radiology: Angioplasty, Stenting, Thrombolysis and Thrombectomy. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2007. p. 21–8.

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
Fang J. Eating Peanuts Early in Life May Prevent Peanut Allergies [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015 [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. Commercial Space Launches: FAA’s Risk Assessment Process Is Not Yet Updated. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2014 Feb. Report No.: GAO-14-328T.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Hill L. Unique forms of knowledge and curriculum in hip-hop pedagogy [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2015.

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
Rothenberg B. For a New Mother, It’s a Quick Return to Work. New York Times. 2017 Jun 21;B8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Julien 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Julien 2015; Sheppard and Trujillo 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Sheppard and Trujillo 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Janssen et al. 2007)

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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