How to format your references using the International Journal of Game Theory citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Game Theory. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Morgan JV (2008) Comment on “Determining chondritic impactor size from the marine osmium isotope record.” Science 321:1158; author reply 1158
A journal article with 2 authors
Collier P, Alles CM (2010) Materials science. Materials ecology: an industrial perspective. Science 330:919–920
A journal article with 3 authors
Ma J-B, Ye K, Patel DJ (2004) Structural basis for overhang-specific small interfering RNA recognition by the PAZ domain. Nature 429:318–322
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Cardin JA, Carlén M, Meletis K, et al (2009) Driving fast-spiking cells induces gamma rhythm and controls sensory responses. Nature 459:663–667

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Groves E (2009) The Constant Contact Guide to Email Marketing. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Lolli G, Panza M, Venturi G (eds) (2015) From Logic to Practice: Italian Studies in the Philosophy of Mathematics. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Chu M, Li Y, Zou X, Soong F (2007) Enrich Web Applications with Voice Internet Persona Text-to-Speech for Anyone, Anywhere. In: Jacko JA (ed) Human-Computer Interaction. HCI Intelligent Multimodal Interaction Environments: 12th International Conference, HCI International 2007, Beijing, China, July 22-27, 2007, Proceedings, Part III. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 40–49

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 International Journal of Game Theory.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) How Re-Analysing The Data Of Scientific Research Can Change The Findings. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/how-re-analysing-data-scientific-research-can-change-findings/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (2008) Aviation Weather: FAA Is Reevaluating Services at Key Centers; Both FAA and the National Weather Service Need to Better Ensure Product Quality. 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
Hudson KR (2012) Student perception of teachers’ National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and California Commission on Teacher Credentialing dispositions. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University

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
Greenhouse L (2006) Court Explores Complexities In Job Discrimination Case. New York Times A20

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Morgan 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Morgan 2008; Collier and Alles 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Collier and Alles 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Cardin et al. 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Game Theory
AbbreviationInt. J. Game Theory
ISSN (print)0020-7276
ISSN (online)1432-1270
ScopeStatistics, Probability and Uncertainty
Economics and Econometrics
Mathematics (miscellaneous)
Statistics and Probability
Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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