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
Metcalfe, D.B. Climate science: A sink down under. Nature 2014, 509, 566–567.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hegerl, G.; Stott, P. Atmospheric science. From past to future warming. Science 2014, 343, 844–845.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wheeler, Q.; Assis, L.; Rieppel, O. Phylogenetics: Heed the father of cladistics. Nature 2013, 496, 295–296.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Nowack, M.K.; Shirzadi, R.; Dissmeyer, N.; Dolf, A.; Endl, E.; Grini, P.E.; Schnittger, A. Bypassing genomic imprinting allows seed development. Nature 2007, 447, 312–315.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kääriäinen, T.; Cameron, D.; Kääriäinen, M.-L.; Sherman, A. Atomic Layer Deposition; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2013; ISBN 9781118747407.
An edited book
Bioactive Dietary Factors and Plant Extracts in Dermatology; Watson, R.R., Zibadi, S., Eds.; Nutrition and Health; Humana Press: Totowa, NJ, 2013; ISBN 9781627031660.
A chapter in an edited book
Bhansali, A.; Aggarwal, A.; Parthan, G.; Gogate, Y. Rickets–Osteomalacia. In Clinical Rounds in Endocrinology: Volume II - Pediatric Endocrinology; Aggarwal, A., Parthan, G., Gogate, Y., Eds.; Springer India: New Delhi, 2016; pp. 131–170 ISBN 9788132228134.

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
Davis, J. Protein From Mussel Glue Used To Help Prevent Scarring Available online: (accessed on Oct 30, 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 Inspectors General: Alleged Misconduct by NASA Inspector General; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1995;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ramotar-John, B.P. Supplementing soybean meal with Camelina (Camelina sativa) in tilapia diets and optimizing commercial tilapia diets for use in intensive systems in the Western region of the United States. Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona: Tucson, AZ, 2014.

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
Greenhouse, L. After 30 Years, Supreme Court History Project Turns a Final Page. New York Times 2006, A15.

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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