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
Dolgin E (2014) Therapeutics: Negative feedback. Nature 508:S10-1
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
Vannucchi P, Remitti F, Bettelli G (2008) Geological record of fluid flow and seismogenesis along an erosive subducting plate boundary. Nature 451:699–703
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Isayama T, Alexeev D, Makino CL, et al (2006) An accessory chromophore in red vision. Nature 443:649

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Park S, Guille-Escuret G (2017) Sociobiology vs Socioecology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Elad Y, Williamson B, Tudzynski P, Delen N (eds) (2007) Botrytis: Biology, Pathology and Control. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Agranovsky M, Zalcman L (2012) Analyticity on Curves. In: Sabadini I, Struppa DC (eds) The Mathematical Legacy of Leon Ehrenpreis. Springer, Milano, pp 25–44

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 E (2015) A New Type Of Surfboard Could Soon Be Making Waves. 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 (1998) FCC: Service and Auction Rules for the 38.6-40.0 GHz Frequency Band. 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
Lancaster G (2014) Understanding interdisciplinary communication and collaboration among physicians, nurses, and unlicensed assistive personnel. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Gustines GG (2017) A World Where Only Black People Have Superpowers. New York Times C5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dolgin 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Laage and Hynes 2006; Dolgin 2014).

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

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

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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