How to format your references using the Administrative Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Administrative Sciences. 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
Segal, E. Journal Club. A Computational Biologist Looks at How Identical Cells Come to Differ. Nature 2010, 464, 329.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yang, Z.-F.; Zhou, J.-H. Can We Identify Source Lithology of Basalt? Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 1856.
A journal article with 3 authors
Janetopoulos, C.; Jin, T.; Devreotes, P. Receptor-Mediated Activation of Heterotrimeric G-Proteins in Living Cells. Science 2001, 291, 2408–2411.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Androulidakis, C.; Koukaras, E.N.; Frank, O.; Tsoukleri, G.; Sfyris, D.; Parthenios, J.; Pugno, N.; Papagelis, K.; Novoselov, K.S.; Galiotis, C. Failure Processes in Embedded Monolayer Graphene under Axial Compression. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 5271.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Meyer, V.R. Pitfalls and Errors of HPLC in Pictures; Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA: Weinheim, Germany, 2013; ISBN 9783527659104.
An edited book
Natural Interaction with Robots, Knowbots and Smartphones: Putting Spoken Dialog Systems into Practice; Mariani, J., Rosset, S., Garnier-Rizet, M., Devillers, L., Eds.; Springer: New York, NY, 2014; ISBN 9781461482796.
A chapter in an edited book
de Winter, M. Subjectificating Socialisation for the Common Good: The Case for a Democratic Offensive in Upbringing and Education. In Civic Learning, Democratic Citizenship and the Public Sphere; Biesta, G., De Bie, M., Wildemeersch, D., Eds.; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2014; pp. 55–70 ISBN 9789400772588.

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 Sciences.

Blog post
Luntz, S. Mars Is Destroying Its Own Moon Available online: (accessed on 30 October 2018).


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 NASA Budget: Potential Shortfalls in Funding NASA’s 5-Year Plan; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1992;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Hausmann, R.C. Organizing Ecosystems for Social Innovation: The Relationality of Contexts and Mechanisms in a Social Entrepreneurship Network. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University: Washington, DC, 2015.

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
Stellin, S. For Carry-On Bags, Size Is Just the Beginning. New York Times 2013, TR4.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleAdministrative Sciences
AbbreviationAdm. Sci.
ISSN (online)2076-3387

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