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
Joos, F., 2015. Global warming: Growing feedback from ocean carbon to climate. Nature 522, 295–296.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pasare, C., Medzhitov, R., 2003. Toll pathway-dependent blockade of CD4+CD25+ T cell-mediated suppression by dendritic cells. Science 299, 1033–1036.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yamada, T., Dautry, A., Walport, M., 2008. Ready for avian flu? Nature 454, 162.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kuhn, J.R., Armstrong, J.D., Bush, R.I., Scherrer, P., 2000. Rossby waves on the Sun as revealed by solar “hills.” Nature 405, 544–546.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bonald, T., Feuillet, M., 2011. Network Performance Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Bodnár, T., Galdi, G.P., Nečasová, Š. (Eds.), 2014. Fluid-Structure Interaction and Biomedical Applications, Advances in Mathematical Fluid Mechanics. Springer, Basel.
A chapter in an edited book
Bauer, F.L., 2011. Use of Continued Fractions and Algorithms Related to Them, in: Ghizzetti, A. (Ed.), Alcune Questioni Di Analisi Numerica. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 352–419.

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., 2014. Scientists Create Functioning Whole Organ From Cells [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, 1996. Motor Vehicle Safety: Comprehensive State Programs Offer Best Opportunity for Increasing Use of Safety Belts (No. RCED-96-24). 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
Williams, V.D., 2014. Leadership behavior practice patterns’ relationship to employee work engagement in a nonprofit that supports the homeless (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, 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
Chira, S., Martin, J., 2017. Marchers Map Out Next Steps. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Joos, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Joos, 2015; Pasare and Medzhitov, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Pasare and Medzhitov, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Kuhn et al., 2000)

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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