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
Bronner, M. E. (2015). Evolution: On the crest of becoming vertebrate. Nature, 527(7578), 311–312.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bannard, O. M., & Cyster, J. G. (2012). Immunology. When less signaling is more. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6085), 1120–1121.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rodell, M., Velicogna, I., & Famiglietti, J. S. (2009). Satellite-based estimates of groundwater depletion in India. Nature, 460(7258), 999–1002.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Obita, T., Saksena, S., Ghazi-Tabatabai, S., Gill, D. J., Perisic, O., Emr, S. D., & Williams, R. L. (2007). Structural basis for selective recognition of ESCRT-III by the AAA ATPase Vps4. Nature, 449(7163), 735–739.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Coe, J. T. (2000). Unlikely Victory: How General Electric Succeeded in the Chemical Industry. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Park, J. J. (jong H., Pan, Y., Kim, C.-S., & Yang, Y. (Eds.). (2014). Future Information Technology: FutureTech 2014 (Vol. 309). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Tahir, A., MacDonell, S., & Buchan, J. (2015). A Study of the Relationship Between Class Testability and Runtime Properties. In L. A. Maciaszek & J. Filipe (Eds.), Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering: 9th International Conference, ENASE 2014, Lisbon, Portugal, April 28-30, 2014. Revised Selected Papers (pp. 63–78). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
Hale, T. (2016, August 8). We Have Already Used Up This Year’s Supply Of Natural Resources. 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. (1978). The Maritime Administration’s Evaluation of the End Products of Research and Development Contracts with Private, Profitmaking Firms (No. PSAD-78-4). 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
Black, D. D. (2014). Franz Liszt’s “Via Crucis”: A summation of the composer’s styles and beliefs (Doctoral dissertation). University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

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
Shattuck, K. (2017, June 2). A Break From ‘House of Cards’ Intrigue. New York Times, p. MB2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bronner 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Bannard and Cyster 2012; Bronner 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Bannard and Cyster 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Obita et al. 2007)

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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