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
Bohannon J (2009) The Gonzo Scientist. Do scientists like green porno? Science 325:1620
A journal article with 2 authors
Zegerman P, Diffley JFX (2007) Phosphorylation of Sld2 and Sld3 by cyclin-dependent kinases promotes DNA replication in budding yeast. Nature 445:281–285
A journal article with 3 authors
Dobson DP, Meredith PG, Boon SA (2002) Simulation of subduction zone seismicity by dehydration of serpentine. Science 298:1407–1410
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Yool A, Martin AP, Fernández C, Clark DR (2007) The significance of nitrification for oceanic new production. Nature 447:999–1002

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Johnson A (2014) Small Animal Pathology for Veterinary Technicians. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Segalini A (ed) (2016) Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Jets, Wakes and Separated Flows (ICJWSF2015). Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Takayama S, Akita M (2005) Practical aspects of bioreactor application in mass propagation of plants. In: Hvoslef-Eide AK, Preil W (eds) Liquid Culture Systems for in vitro Plant Propagation. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 61–78

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 (2013) Rooster-like comb discovered on duck-billed dinosaur. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/rooster-comb-discovered-duck-billed-dinosaur/. 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 (1994) Weather Forecasting: Systems Architecture Needed for National Weather Service Modernization. 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
Rosenfeld EG (2009) The ascent of women to senior leadership positions in the financial services industry: A phenomenological study. Doctoral dissertation, Capella 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
(nyt) SK (2002) World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Rebels’ Offer To Talk Brushed Aside. New York Times A11

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bohannon 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Zegerman and Diffley 2007; Bohannon 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Zegerman and Diffley 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Yool et al. 2007)

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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