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
Alberts, B. (2012). The breakthroughs of 2012. Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6114), 1511.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kim, N., & Grey, C. P. (2002). Probing oxygen motion in disordered anionic conductors with 17O and 51V MAS NMR spectroscopy. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5585), 1317–1320.
A journal article with 3 authors
Korkhov, V. M., Mireku, S. A., & Locher, K. P. (2012). Structure of AMP-PNP-bound vitamin B12 transporter BtuCD-F. Nature, 490(7420), 367–372.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Crockett, M. J., Clark, L., Tabibnia, G., Lieberman, M. D., & Robbins, T. W. (2008). Serotonin modulates behavioral reactions to unfairness. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5884), 1739.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Deschamps, J.-P., Bioul, G. J. A., & Sutter, G. D. (2005). Synthesis of Arithmetic Circuits. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Gordon, R., & Seckbach, J. (Eds.). (2012). The Science of Algal Fuels: Phycology, Geology, Biophotonics, Genomics and Nanotechnology (Vol. 25). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Collignon, T. P., & van Gijzen, M. B. (2010). Parallel Scientific Computing on Loosely Coupled Networks of Computers. In B. Koren & K. Vuik (Eds.), Advanced Computational Methods in Science and Engineering (pp. 79–106). 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
Andrew, E. (2015, February 13). Does Global Warming Mean More Or Less Snow? 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. (1977). Space Transportation System: Past, Present, Future (No. PSAD-77-113). 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
Saguilig, L. G. (2017). A Clinical Decision Support System for the Prevention of Genetic-Related Heart Disease (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Murphy, M. J. O. (2013, May 12). A Messy Look at the Family Mystery. New York Times, p. AR18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Alberts 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Alberts 2012; Kim and Grey 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Kim and Grey 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Crockett et al. 2008)

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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