How to format your references using the Economia Politica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Economia Politica. 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
Mattick, J. S. (2005). The functional genomics of noncoding RNA. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5740), 1527–1528.
A journal article with 2 authors
Nadeau, R. M., & Guilhem, A. (2009). Nonvolcanic tremor evolution and the San Simeon and Parkfield, California, earthquakes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5937), 191–193.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jaramillo, C., Rueda, M. J., & Mora, G. (2006). Cenozoic plant diversity in the neotropics. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5769), 1893–1896.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Opitz, C. A., Litzenburger, U. M., Sahm, F., Ott, M., Tritschler, I., Trump, S., et al. (2011). An endogenous tumour-promoting ligand of the human aryl hydrocarbon receptor. Nature, 478(7368), 197–203.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lam, J. (2014). Enterprise Risk Management. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Moltó, A. (2009). A Nonlinear Transfer Technique for Renorming. (J. Orihuela, S. Troyanski, & M. Valdivia, Eds.) (Vol. 1951). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Barn, B. S., & Clark, T. (2010). A Domain Specific Language for Contextual Design. In R. Bernhaupt, P. Forbrig, J. Gulliksen, & M. Lárusdóttir (Eds.), Human-Centred Software Engineering: Third International Conference, HCSE 2010, Reykjavik, Iceland, October 14-15, 2010. Proceedings (pp. 46–61). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Economia Politica.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, June 8). To Seem Bigger, Dwarf Mongooses Do Handstands to Leave Higher Marks on Trees. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (2013). Transportation Infrastructure: Limited Improvement in Bridge Conditions over the Past Decade, but Financial Challenges Remain (No. GAO-13-713T). 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
Armstrong-Romero, K. A. (2017). Cultural influences and the impact of workplace bullying (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Leland, J. (2017, April 7). Dance Moves, Everywhere. New York Times, p. MB8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mattick 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Mattick 2005; Nadeau and Guilhem 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Nadeau and Guilhem 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Opitz et al. 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleEconomia Politica
AbbreviationEcon. Polit.
ISSN (print)1120-2890
ISSN (online)1973-820X
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics
Sociology and Political Science

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