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
Appel, A. M. (2014). Electrochemistry: Catalysis at the boundaries. Nature, 508(7497), 460–461.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pati, A. K., & Braunstein, S. L. (2000). Impossibility of deleting an unknown quantum state. Nature, 404(6774), 164–165.
A journal article with 3 authors
Xu, C., Shang, X.-D., & Huang, R. X. (2014). Horizontal eddy energy flux in the world oceans diagnosed from altimetry data. Scientific reports, 4, 5316.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Takamoto, M., Hong, F.-L., Higashi, R., & Katori, H. (2005). An optical lattice clock. Nature, 435(7040), 321–324.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Aubrey, S. B. (2010). The Profitable Hobby Farm. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Ma, K. (2016). Intelligent Web Data Management: Software Architectures and Emerging Technologies. (A. Abraham, B. Yang, & R. Sun, Eds.) (1st ed. 2016., Vol. 643). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Ghosh, P., Bhattacharjee, D., & Nasipuri, M. (2015). An Automatic Non-invasive System for Diagnosis of Tuberculosis. In R. Chaki, K. Saeed, S. Choudhury, & N. Chaki (Eds.), Applied Computation and Security Systems: Volume One (pp. 59–70). New Delhi: Springer India.

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, D. (2016, September 16). Why Are There So Many Species Of Bugs, But So Few Species Of Human? 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. (1993). Hubble Space Telescope (No. NSIAD-93-247R). 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
Powell, J. R. (2013). Ocean fronts in the Southern California Current System and their role in structuring zooplankton distributions, diel vertical migration, and size composition (Doctoral dissertation). University of California San Diego, La Jolla, 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
Wilson, M. (2017, June 7). 47 Years Later, a Murder Victim Defined by Aliases Has a Name. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Appel 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Appel 2014; Pati and Braunstein 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Pati and Braunstein 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Takamoto et al. 2005)

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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