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
Geisbert, T. W.
“Medical research: Ebola therapy protects severely ill monkeys.” Nature, 514: 41–43.
A journal article with 2 authors
Maser, R. S., and R. A. DePinho
“Connecting chromosomes, crisis, and cancer.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 297: 565–569.
A journal article with 3 authors
Vieira-Pires, R. S., A. Szollosi, and J. H. Morais-Cabral
“The structure of the KtrAB potassium transporter.” Nature, 496: 323–328.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Stappers, B. W., B. M. Gaensler, V. M. Kaspi, M. van der Klis, and W. H. G. Lewin
“An x-ray nebula associated with the millisecond pulsar B1957+20.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 299: 1372–1374.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kindmann, R., and M. Kraus
Steel Structures. Berlin, Germany: Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG.
An edited book
Lu, M. Q. (Ed.)
Approaching China’s Pharmaceutical Market: A Fundamental Guide to Clinical Drug Development. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Royer, J. J., P. Mejia, G. Caumon, and P. Collon
“3D and 4D Geomodelling Applied to Mineral Resources Exploration—An Introduction.” In P. Weihed (ed.), 3D, 4D and Predictive Modelling of Major Mineral Belts in Europe, Mineral Resource Reviews: 73–89. 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
Davis, J.
2016, July 29
“How Predictive Are Climate Models?” 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
Prisoners Receiving Social Security and Other Federal Retirement, Disability, and Education Benefits ( No. HRD-82-43). 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
Delaney, R. M.
A qualitative descriptive case study explaining professional development in community corrections (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Wagner, J.
2017, April 22
“Patching Together a Lineup, the Mets Come Apart Against the Nationals.” New York Times, p. D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Geisbert, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Maser and DePinho, 2002; Geisbert, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Maser and DePinho, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Vieira-Pires, Szollosi, and Morais-Cabral, 2013)
  • 4 or more authors: (Stappers et al., 2003)

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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