How to format your references using the Administrative Science Quarterly citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ). 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Fuller, W.
“Who said ‘helix’?” Nature, 424: 876–878.
A journal article with 2 authors
Smaglik, P., and A. Abbott
“Project offers free mouse sequence.” Nature, 407: 663–664.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schummers, J., H. Yu, and M. Sur
“Tuned responses of astrocytes and their influence on hemodynamic signals in the visual cortex.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 320: 1638–1643.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kim, B. C., T. Matsuoka, C. Moraes, J. Huang, M. D. Thouless, and S. Takayama
“Guided fracture of films on soft substrates to create micro/nano-feature arrays with controlled periodicity.” Scientific Reports, 3: 3027.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Studer, Q.
Results That Last. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Wiesel, S. W., and J. N. Delahay (Eds.)
Essentials of Orthopedic Surgery Third Edition. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Binder, H.
“Clinical Evaluation of Residual Brain Function and Responsiveness in Disorders of Consciousness.” In M. M. Monti and W. G. Sannita (eds.), Brain Function and Responsiveness in Disorders of Consciousness: 37–49. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 Administrative Science Quarterly.

Blog post
Taub, B.
2016, December 13
“Ancient Lost City Discovered Underground.” IFLScience. IFLScience.
Retrieved October 30, 2018, 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
Missile Development: Development Status of the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile ( No. NSIAD-87-168). 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
Crowley, C. J.
A critical analysis of the CELF-4: The responsible clinician’s guide to the CELF-4 (Doctoral dissertation). Columbia University, New York, NY.

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
Hodara, S.
2016, June 4
“The City of Lights, When It Was First Lighted.” New York Times, p. CT8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fuller, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik and Abbott, 2000; Fuller, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Smaglik and Abbott, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Schummers, Yu, and Sur, 2008)
  • 4 or more authors: (Kim et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleAdministrative Science Quarterly
AbbreviationAdm. Sci. Q.
ISSN (print)0001-8392
ISSN (online)1930-3815
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Sociology and Political Science
Public Administration

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