How to format your references using the Food Policy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Food Policy. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Edery, I., 2010. Circadian rhythms. Temperatures to communicate by. Science 330, 329–330.
A journal article with 2 authors
Weitzer, S., Martinez, J., 2007. The human RNA kinase hClp1 is active on 3’ transfer RNA exons and short interfering RNAs. Nature 447, 222–226.
A journal article with 3 authors
Scherer, E., Munker, C., Mezger, K., 2001. Calibration of the lutetium-hafnium clock. Science 293, 683–687.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kappers, I.F., Aharoni, A., van Herpen, T.W.J.M., Luckerhoff, L.L.P., Dicke, M., Bouwmeester, H.J., 2005. Genetic engineering of terpenoid metabolism attracts bodyguards to Arabidopsis. Science 309, 2070–2072.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rezzoug, A., El-Hadi Zaïm, M., 2011. Non-conventional Electrical Machines. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Wiggins, O.P., Allen, A.C. (Eds.), 2011. Clinical Ethics and the Necessity of Stories: Essays in Honor of Richard M. Zaner, Philosophy and Medicine. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Molodikova, I., Makhrova, A., 2007. Urbanization patterns in Russia in the post-Soviet era, in: Stanilov, K. (Ed.), The Post-Socialist City: Urban Form and Space Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe after Socialism, The GeoJournal Library. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 53–70.

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 Food Policy.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Breathtaking 3D Model Of The Pillars Of Creation [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1988. Alaskan Offshore Shipping: Changing Federal Regulation and Service (No. RCED-88-114BR). 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
Tucker, C.M., 2010. End-stage renal disease patients and dialysis: Can consistent transportation influence quality of life and treatment compliance? A grant writing project (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
Kishkovsky, S., 2004. MOSCOW: FABERGÉ DISPLAY. New York Times E2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Edery, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Edery, 2010; Weitzer and Martinez, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Weitzer and Martinez, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Kappers et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleFood Policy
AbbreviationFood Policy
ISSN (print)0306-9192
ScopeFood Science
Economics and Econometrics
Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Sociology and Political Science

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