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
Koen D. Nuts and bolts. Reference points. Nature. 2004 Mar 4;428(6978):104.
A journal article with 2 authors
Neale MJ, Keeney S. Clarifying the mechanics of DNA strand exchange in meiotic recombination. Nature. 2006 Jul 13;442(7099):153–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brunkard JO, Runkel AM, Zambryski PC. Evolution. Comment on “A promiscuous intermediate underlies the evolution of LEAFY DNA binding specificity.” Science. 2015 Feb 6;347(6222):621.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Tanaka Y, Oshima Y, Yamamura T, Sugiyama M, Mitsuda N, Ohtsubo N, et al. Multi-petal cyclamen flowers produced by AGAMOUS chimeric repressor expression. Sci. Rep. 2013;3:2641.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Möller G. Geotechnik. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2012.
An edited book
Hannemann K, Seiler F, editors. Shock Waves: 26th International Symposium on Shock Waves, Volume 1. 1st ed. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
Purwaningrum F. Shifting Practices of Academia as an Entrepreneurial OrganizationEntrepreneurial Organization in Indonesia. In: Krings B-J, Rodríguez H, Schleisiek A, editors. Scientific Knowledge and the Transgression of Boundaries. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden; 2016. p. 103–32.

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
Andrew E. Meet Butterfly, A Rare Sheep-Goat Hybrid [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2014 [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. Space Research: Content and Coordination of Space Science and Technology Strategy Need to Be More Robust. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2011 Jul. Report No.: GAO-11-722.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kang H. Essays on Methodologies in Contingent Valuation and the Sustainable Management of Common Pool Resources [Doctoral dissertation]. [Columbus, OH]: Ohio State University; 2006.

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
Schwartz J. Measure in Florida That Claims to Support Solar Power Could Discourage It. New York Times. 2016 Oct 27;A17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Koen 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Koen 2004; Neale and Keeney 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Neale and Keeney 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Tanaka et al. 2013)

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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