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
Mandavilli, A. (2010). HIV/AIDS. Nature, 466(7304), S1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Insel, T. R., & Sahakian, B. J. (2012). Drug research: a plan for mental illness. Nature, 483(7389), 269.
A journal article with 3 authors
Weng, L., Menczer, F., & Ahn, Y.-Y. (2013). Virality prediction and community structure in social networks. Scientific Reports, 3, 2522.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Damschen, E. I., Haddad, N. M., Orrock, J. L., Tewksbury, J. J., & Levey, D. J. (2006). Corridors increase plant species richness at large scales. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5791), 1284–1286.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ngwira, M., & Manase, D. (2015). Public Sector Property Asset Management. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Gülpınar, N., Harrison, P., & Rüstem, B. (Eds.). (2011). Performance Models and Risk Management in Communications Systems (Vol. 46). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bell, S. D. (2012). Archaeal Orc1/Cdc6 Proteins. In S. MacNeill (Ed.), The Eukaryotic Replisome: a Guide to Protein Structure and Function (pp. 59–69). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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. (2015, January 21). Why Are Some Generic Drugs Getting So Expensive? Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1970). Sole-Source Contract Awards for Assembly of Radio Communication Systems, AN/GRC-142 (No. B-165004). Washington, DC: 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
French, D. C. (2012). A Case against E-Waste: Where One Country’s Trash is (Not) Another Country’s Treasure: Developing National E-Waste Legislation to Regulate E-Waste Exportation (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Hodgman, J. (2016, December 16). Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman. New York Times, p. MM30.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mandavilli, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Insel & Sahakian, 2012; Mandavilli, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Insel & Sahakian, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Weng, Menczer, & Ahn, 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Damschen, Haddad, Orrock, Tewksbury, & Levey, 2006)

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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