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
Janssen, M. A. (2012). Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012). Nature, 487(7406), 172.
A journal article with 2 authors
Smith, M. R., & Caron, J.-B. (2010). Primitive soft-bodied cephalopods from the Cambrian. Nature, 465(7297), 469–472.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ringstad, N., Abe, N., & Horvitz, H. R. (2009). Ligand-gated chloride channels are receptors for biogenic amines in C. elegans. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5936), 96–100.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Johnston, D. T., Wing, B. A., Farquhar, J., Kaufman, A. J., Strauss, H., Lyons, T. W., Kah, L. C., & Canfield, D. E. (2005). Active microbial sulfur disproportionation in the Mesoproterozoic. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5753), 1477–1479.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hanby, M. (2013). No God, No Science? Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
An edited book
Sargis, E. J., & Dagosto, M. (Eds.). (2008). Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology: A Tribute to Frederick S. Szalay. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Trinh, N. H., Lester, J., Fleming, B. C., Tung, G., & Kimia, B. B. (2006). Accurate Measurement of Cartilage Morphology Using a 3D Laser Scanner. In R. R. Beichel & M. Sonka (Eds.), Computer Vision Approaches to Medical Image Analysis: Second International ECCV Workshop, CVAMIA 2006 Graz, Austria, May 12, 2006 Revised Papers (pp. 37–48). Springer.

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, E. (2014, April 29). Study Sheds Light On The Origin Of Huntington’s Disease Within The Brain. 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. (1999). Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Readiness Improving Yet Avoiding Disruption of Critical Services Will Require Additional Work (T-AIMD-99-233). 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
Tiedemann-Fuller, P. M. (2008). A descriptive Rorschach study of children who have experienced chronic complex abuse [Doctoral dissertation]. Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Dwyer, J. (2016, January 15). Cruz’s Jab at Trump, and the Politics of Hypocrisy. 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 (Janssen, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Janssen, 2012; Smith & Caron, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Smith & Caron, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Ringstad et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Johnston et al., 2005)

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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