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
Gadagkar, R., 2004. Evolution. Sex...only if really necessary in a feminine monarchy. Science 306, 1694–1695.
A journal article with 2 authors
Truffer, M., Fahnestock, M., 2007. Climate change. Rethinking ice sheet time scales. Science 315, 1508–1510.
A journal article with 3 authors
Melchor, R.N., Buchwaldt, R., Bowring, S., 2013. A Late Eocene date for Late Triassic bird tracks. Nature 495, E1-2.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
She, J., Han, Z., Kim, T.-W., Wang, Jinjing, Cheng, W., Chang, J., Shi, S., Wang, Jiawei, Yang, M., Wang, Z.-Y., Chai, J., 2011. Structural insight into brassinosteroid perception by BRI1. Nature 474, 472–476.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
MacClancy, J., 2013. Anthropology in the Public Arena. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Rahman, S., Street, T., Tahiri, H. (Eds.), 2008. The Unity of Science in the Arabic Tradition: Science, Logic, Epistemology and their Interactions, Logic, Epistemology, and The Unity of Science. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Vidal, E.E., Yurko, J.A., Smith, K., 2016. Modern Beryllium Extraction: A State-of-the-Art Kroll Reduction Plant, in: Neelameggham, N.R., Alam, S., Oosterhof, H., Jha, A., Dreisinger, D., Wang, S. (Eds.), Rare Metal Technology 2015. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 27–36.

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, D., 2017. What ‘Walkies’ Says About Your Relationship With Your Dog [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, 1982. UMTA’s Research and Development Program Should Pay Closer Attention to Transit Industry Needs (No. CED-82-17). 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
Jin, R., 2017. Graph-Based Rhythm Interpretation in Optical Music Recognition (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Talmadge, C., 2017. A Military Budget Without a Plan. New York Times A23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gadagkar, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Gadagkar, 2004; Truffer and Fahnestock, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Truffer and Fahnestock, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (She et al., 2011)

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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