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
Fry, D. P.
“Life without war.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 336: 879–884.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bochman, M. L., and A. Schwacha
“DNA replication: Strand separation unravelled.” Nature, 524: 166–167.
A journal article with 3 authors
Warrick, D. R., B. W. Tobalske, and D. R. Powers
“Aerodynamics of the hovering hummingbird.” Nature, 435: 1094–1097.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kawamura, Y., K. Saito, T. Kin, Y. Ono, K. Asai, T. Sunohara, T. N. Okada, et al.
“Drosophila endogenous small RNAs bind to Argonaute 2 in somatic cells.” Nature, 453: 793–797.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Grous, A.
Fracture Mechanics 1. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Klinger, J. R., and R. P. Frantz (Eds.)
Diagnosis and Management of Pulmonary Hypertension. Respiratory Medicine Vol. 12. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Wolverton, S., A. Barker, and J. Dombrosky
“Paleoethnobiology.” In U. P. Albuquerque and R. R. Nóbrega Alves (eds.), Introduction to Ethnobiology: 25–32. 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
Andrews, R.
2017, February 7
“What’s Going On With These Weird Ripply Clouds?” 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
Aviation Safety: FAA Oversight of Repair Stations Needs Improvement ( No. RCED-98-21). 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
Takele, T.
Confinement Mechanisms in Quantum Chromodynamics (Doctoral dissertation). University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

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
Oestreich, J. R.
2017, January 6
“Highways and Byways of an Austrian Maestro.” New York Times, p. AR11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fry, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Fry, 2012; Bochman and Schwacha, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Bochman and Schwacha, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Warrick, Tobalske, and Powers, 2005)
  • 4 or more authors: (Kawamura et al., 2008)

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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