How to format your references using the Climate Policy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Climate Policy. 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
Qiu, J. (2013). Climatology. Monsoon melee. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6139), 1400–1401.
A journal article with 2 authors
Nacher, J. C., & Akutsu, T. (2013). Structural controllability of unidirectional bipartite networks. Scientific Reports, 3, 1647.
A journal article with 3 authors
Miyazaki, T., Sueyoshi, K., & Hiraga, T. (2013). Olivine crystals align during diffusion creep of Earth’s upper mantle. Nature, 502(7471), 321–326.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Roca, A. L., Bar-Gal, G. K., Eizirik, E., Helgen, K. M., Maria, R., Springer, M. S., O’Brien, S. J., & Murphy, W. J. (2004). Mesozoic origin for West Indian insectivores. Nature, 429(6992), 649–651.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ford, I. (2013). Statistical Physics. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Commisso, T. H., Nørbjerg, J., & Pries-Heje, J. (Eds.). (2014). Nordic Contributions in IS Research: 5th Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems, SCIS 2014, Ringsted, Denmark, August 10-13, 2014. Proceedings (Vol. 186). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Tiwari, R., & Herstatt, C. (2014). Growing Demand for Affordable Solutions. In C. Herstatt (Ed.), Aiming Big with Small Cars: Emergence of a Lead Market in India (pp. 61–87). 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 Climate Policy.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016, November 3). You’ve Been Sold A Myth About Sports Drinks – And It Could Be Slowing You Down. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1993). Airline Competition: Strategies for Addressing Financial and Competitive Problems in the Airline Industry (T-RCED-93-11). 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
Anderson, A. (2010). Scribblins [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Kelly, I. (2004, July 14). Hamburger Helper. New York Times, A23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Qiu, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Nacher & Akutsu, 2013; Qiu, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Nacher & Akutsu, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Miyazaki et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Roca et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleClimate Policy
AbbreviationClim. Policy
ISSN (print)1469-3062
ISSN (online)1752-7457
ScopeAtmospheric Science
General Environmental Science

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