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
Smaglik, P. (2004). Bricks and mortar. Scandinavia’s material gains. Nature, 429(6994), 906.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zamore, P. D., & Haley, B. (2005). Ribo-gnome: the big world of small RNAs. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5740), 1519–1524.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yamamoto, Y., Stock, D. W., & Jeffery, W. R. (2004). Hedgehog signalling controls eye degeneration in blind cavefish. Nature, 431(7010), 844–847.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yoo, C.-H., Yeom, J.-H., Heo, J.-J., Song, E.-K., Lee, S.-I., & Han, M.-K. (2014). Interferon β protects against lethal endotoxic and septic shock through SIRT1 upregulation. Scientific reports, 4, 4220.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Martindale, W. (2014). Global Food Security and Supply. Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Becvar, Z., Bestak, R., & Kencl, L. (Eds.). (2012). NETWORKING 2012 Workshops: International IFIP TC 6 Workshops, ETICS, HetsNets, and CompNets, Held at NETWORKING 2012, Prague, Czech Republic, May 25, 2012. Proceedings (Vol. 7291). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Edwards, G. E., & Voznesenskaya, E. V. (2011). Chapter 4 C4 Photosynthesis: Kranz Forms and Single-Cell C4 in Terrestrial Plants. In A. S. Raghavendra & R. F. Sage (Eds.), C4 Photosynthesis and Related CO2 Concentrating Mechanisms (pp. 29–61). 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 Economia Politica.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, February 26). Human Head Transplants Could Become A Reality By 2017. 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. (2011). Aviation Security: Progress Made, but Challenges Persist in Meeting the Screening Mandate for Air Cargo (No. GAO-11-413T). 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
Caverly, R. S. (2010). Marketing masculinity: Male identity, boy culture, and the Boy Scouts of America 1900–1940 (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. (2015, January 23). Friday File. New York Times, p. C34.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik 2004; Zamore and Haley 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Zamore and Haley 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Yoo et al. 2014)

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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