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
Church, J.A. Climate change. How fast are sea levels rising? Science 2001, 294, 802–803.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jallepalli, P.V.; Pellman, D. Cell biology. Aneuploidy in the balance. Science 2007, 317, 904–905.
A journal article with 3 authors
Behrens, T.E.J.; Hunt, L.T.; Rushworth, M.F.S. The computation of social behavior. Science 2009, 324, 1160–1164.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Qian, K.; Zhou, L.; Liu, J.; Yang, J.; Xu, H.; Yu, M.; Nouwens, A.; Zou, J.; Monteiro, M.J.; Yu, C. Laser engineered graphene paper for mass spectrometry imaging. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 1415.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bintliff, J. The Complete Archaeology of Greece; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2012; ISBN 9781118255179.
An edited book
Onken, R. System-Ergonomic Design of Cognitive Automation: Dual-Mode Cognitive Design of Vehicle Guidance and Control Work Systems; Schulte, A., Ed.; Studies in Computational Intelligence; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010; Vol. 235; ISBN 9783642031342.
A chapter in an edited book
Müller, A.W. The Concept of Person in Bioethics. In Persons, Moral Worth, and Embryos: A Critical Analysis of Pro-Choice Arguments; Napier, S., Ed.; Philosophy and Medicine; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2011; pp. 85–100 ISBN 9789400716018.

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
Andrew, E. Scientists Solve Decades-Old Lunar Mystery 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 Comments on S. 881 and GAO Report on Small-Business Innovation Initiatives; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1981;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kim, H. Linkages Between Career Development and Career Technical Education Outcomes Among High Schools in New Jersey. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University: Columbus, OH, 2008.

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
Vecsey, G. Double Dose on Opening Day Warms the Soul. New York Times 2013, B14.

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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