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
Ledford, H. (2007). Patent examiners call in the jury. Nature, 448(7151), 239.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tokuriki, N., & Tawfik, D. S. (2009). Protein dynamism and evolvability. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5924), 203–207.
A journal article with 3 authors
Downs, J. A., Lowndes, N. F., & Jackson, S. P. (2000). A role for Saccharomyces cerevisiae histone H2A in DNA repair. Nature, 408(6815), 1001–1004.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Gentile, F., Medda, R., Cheng, L., Battista, E., Scopelliti, P. E., Milani, P., Cavalcanti-Adam, E. A., & Decuzzi, P. (2013). Selective modulation of cell response on engineered fractal silicon substrates. Scientific Reports, 3, 1461.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lindl, T., & Steubing, R. (2013). Atlas of Living Cell Cultures. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Marinca, V. (2015). The Optimal Homotopy Asymptotic Method: Engineering Applications (N. Herisanu, Ed.). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Anaya, J., Chalopin, J., Czyzowicz, J., Labourel, A., Pelc, A., & Vaxès, Y. (2012). Collecting Information by Power-Aware Mobile Agents. In M. K. Aguilera (Ed.), Distributed Computing: 26th International Symposium, DISC 2012, Salvador, Brazil, October 16-18, 2012. Proceedings (pp. 46–60). 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. (2015, April 22). A 3.5-Billion Year Old Pilbara Find Is Not The Oldest Fossil: So What Is It? 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. (2001). Hourly Fees Paid by Various Federal Agencies to Private Attorneys for Legal Services (GAO-01-887R). 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
Hantgan, A. (2013). Aspects of Bangime Phonology, Morphology, and Morphosyntax [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana University.

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
Rojas, R. (2015, September 3). N.Y.U. Takes Cosby’s Name Off Workshop About Film. New York Times, A28.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ledford, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Ledford, 2007; Tokuriki & Tawfik, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Tokuriki & Tawfik, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Downs et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Gentile et al., 2013)

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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