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
Ledford, H., 2007. Cheap at any price? Nature 447, 131.
A journal article with 2 authors
Humphries, M.J., Mould, A.P., 2001. Structure. An anthropomorphic integrin. Science 294, 316–317.
A journal article with 3 authors
Danielewicz, P., Lacey, R., Lynch, W.G., 2002. Determination of the equation of state of dense matter. Science 298, 1592–1596.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Pushkarev, A., Inoue, K., Larom, S., Flores-Uribe, J., Singh, M., Konno, M., Tomida, S., Ito, S., Nakamura, R., Tsunoda, S.P., Philosof, A., Sharon, I., Yutin, N., Koonin, E.V., Kandori, H., Béjà, O., 2018. A distinct abundant group of microbial rhodopsins discovered using functional metagenomics. Nature 558, 595–599.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Box, G.E.P., Luceño, A., Paniagua-Quiñones, M.D.C., 2009. Statistical Control by Monitoring and Adjustment. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Steels, L. (Ed.), 2012. Computational Issues in Fluid Construction Grammar: A New Formalism for the Representation of Lexicons and Grammars, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Billinton, R., Gao, Y., Huang, D., Karki, R., 2011. Adequacy Assessment of Wind-Integrated Composite Generation and Transmission Systems, in: Anders, G., Vaccaro, A. (Eds.), Innovations in Power Systems Reliability, Springer Series in Reliability Engineering. Springer, London, pp. 141–167.

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. Desert Farms Could Power Flight With Sunshine And Seawater [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, 1974. Administration of the Medicaid Drug Program (No. B-164031(2)). 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
Al-Kharafi, H.T., 2017. TF-CBT with the Pediatric Medical Population: A Modification (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
Becker, J.O., Apuzzo, M., Goldman, A., 2017. Trump Team Met With Lawyer Tied to Kremlin Amid ’16 Race. 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 (Ledford, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Humphries and Mould, 2001; Ledford, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Humphries and Mould, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Pushkarev et al., 2018)

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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