How to format your references using the Economics of Governance citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Economics of Governance. 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
Mathur N (2005) The physics detective: Schrödinger’s mousetrap. Part 2. Nature 433:363
A journal article with 2 authors
Laage D, Hynes JT (2006) A molecular jump mechanism of water reorientation. Science 311:832–835
A journal article with 3 authors
Back JM, McCue SW, Moroney TJ (2014) Including nonequilibrium interface kinetics in a continuum model for melting nanoscaled particles. Sci Rep 4:7066
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Verdel A, Jia S, Gerber S, et al (2004) RNAi-mediated targeting of heterochromatin by the RITS complex. Science 303:672–676

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Liebhart R, Chandramouli D, Wong C, Merkel J (2015) LTE for Public Safety. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Antons C, Hilty RM (eds) (2015) Intellectual Property and Free Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific Region. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Yao J, Huang Z-Q (2016) Equivalent Medium Model. In: Huang Z-Q (ed) Fractured Vuggy Carbonate Reservoir Simulation. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 143–188

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 Economics of Governance.

Blog post
Andrew D (2016) A Bizarre Foam Blob Is Taking Over A Street In California — Here’s What’s Causing It. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2003) Corps of Engineers: Effects of Restrictions on Corps’ Hopper Dredges Should Be Comprehensively Analyzed. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Birtler ER (2014) Group therapy and knowledge of neuroplastic principles: The impact of health literacy on client locus of control in a therapy setting. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Wallace N (2016) The Minivan vs. the Maserati. New York Times A27

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mathur 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Mathur 2005; Laage and Hynes 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Laage and Hynes 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Verdel et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleEconomics of Governance
AbbreviationEcon. Gov.
ISSN (print)1435-6104
ISSN (online)1435-8131
ScopeBusiness and International Management
General Economics, Econometrics and Finance

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