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
Benner, S. A.
“Synthetic biology: Act natural.” Nature, 421: 118.
A journal article with 2 authors
Giovannoni, S., and D. Nemergut
“Ecology. Microbes ride the current.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 345: 1246–1247.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu, X., R. L. Gross, and A. G. Suits
“‘Heavy electron’ photoelectron spectroscopy: rotationally resolved ion pair imaging of CH3+.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 294: 2527–2529.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ramachandran, S., F. T. Arce, N. R. Patel, A. P. Quist, D. A. Cohen, and R. Lal
“Structure and permeability of ion-channels by integrated AFM and waveguide TIRF microscopy.” Scientific Reports, 4: 4424.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Baker, H. K., and G. S. Martin
Capital Structure and Corporate Financing Decisions. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Paprotny, I., and S. Bergbreiter (Eds.)
Small-Scale Robotics. From Nano-to-Millimeter-Sized Robotic Systems and Applications: First International Workshop at ICRA 2013, Karlsruhe, Germany, May 6, 2013, Revised and Extended Papers. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 8336. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Abu-Affash, A. K., P. Carmi, M. J. Katz, and Y. Trabelsi
“Bottleneck Non-crossing Matching in the Plane.” In L. Epstein and P. Ferragina (eds.), Algorithms – ESA 2012: 20th Annual European Symposium, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 10-12, 2012. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science: 36–47. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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
Andrew, D.
2016, September 6
“Dehorning Rhinos: Why There May Be A Case For Doing It.” 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
Weather Forecasting: Important Issues on Automated Weather Processing System Need Resolution ( No. IMTEC-93-12BR). 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
Sosa Tzec, O.
Delightful Interactive Systems: A Rhetorical Examination (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Crow, K.
2002, February 24
“Go West, They Said. And So Should the 7 Train.” New York Times, p. 146.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Benner, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Benner, 2003; Giovannoni and Nemergut, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Giovannoni and Nemergut, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Liu, Gross, and Suits, 2001)
  • 4 or more authors: (Ramachandran et al., 2014)

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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