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
Paul, D.R., 2012. Marerials science. Creating new types of carbon-based membranes. Science 335, 413–414.
A journal article with 2 authors
Audet, P., Bürgmann, R., 2014. Possible control of subduction zone slow-earthquake periodicity by silica enrichment. Nature 510, 389–392.
A journal article with 3 authors
Johnson, K.G., Jackson, J.B.C., Budd, A.F., 2008. Caribbean reef development was independent of coral diversity over 28 million years. Science 319, 1521–1523.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Mounkes, L.C., Kozlov, S., Hernandez, L., Sullivan, T., Stewart, C.L., 2003. A progeroid syndrome in mice is caused by defects in A-type lamins. Nature 423, 298–301.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wolf, E.L., Medikonda, M., 2012. Understanding the Nanotechnology Revolution. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Epstein, M., 2007. Material Inhomogeneities and their Evolution: A Geometric Approach, Interaction Mechanics, Mathematics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Rinkevich, Y., Matranga, V., Rinkevich, B., 2009. Stem Cells in Aquatic Invertebrates: Common Premises and Emerging Unique Themes, in: Rinkevich, B., Matranga, V. (Eds.), Stem Cells in Marine Organisms. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 61–103.

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
Hamilton, K., 2016. Trees Are Much Better At Creating Clouds And Cooling The Climate Than We Thought [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, 1980. Requirements for Recurring Reports to the Congress (No. PAD-80-49). 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
Day, K.C., 2017. CPA Perceptions of Human Skills for Professional Competency Development Needs (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

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
Crow, K., 2001. On a Site of Terror and Death, Survivors Find a Role. New York Times H6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Paul, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Audet and Bürgmann, 2014; Paul, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Audet and Bürgmann, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Mounkes et al., 2003)

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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