How to format your references using the Journal of Consumer Policy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Consumer 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.
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
Hall, K. B. (2014). Molecular biology: Protein binding cannot subdue a lively RNA. Nature, 506(7488), 303–304.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kirzhner, T., & Koren, G. (2014). Pairing and the phase diagram of the normal coherence length ξN(T, x) above Tc of La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO4 thin films probed by the Josephson effect. Scientific reports, 4, 6244.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wood, M. J., Storz, G., & Tjandra, N. (2004). Structural basis for redox regulation of Yap1 transcription factor localization. Nature, 430(7002), 917–921.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Johnson, N., Zhao, G., Caycedo, F., Manrique, P., Qi, H., Rodriguez, F., & Quiroga, L. (2013). Extreme alien light allows survival of terrestrial bacteria. Scientific reports, 3, 2198.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Godwin, W. (2013). International Construction Contracts. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Martin, D., & Serjantov, A. (Eds.). (2005). Privacy Enhancing Technologies: 4th International Workshop, PET 2004, Toronto, Canada, May 26-28, 2004. Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 3424). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Madden, C., & Piccardi, M. (2011). System-Wide Tracking of Individuals. In P. Remagnino, D. N. Monekosso, & L. C. Jain (Eds.), Innovations in Defence Support Systems – 3: Intelligent Paradigms in Security (pp. 83–103). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Journal of Consumer Policy.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2015, May 18). Voluntary Agreement From Cattle Industry Fights Deforestation. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1982). Labor Market Problems of Teenagers Result Largely From Doing Poorly in School (No. PAD-82-06). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Osterhout, H. L. (2010). No More “Mad Money”: Salvaging the Commander’s Emergency Response Program (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Mueller, B., Baker, A. L., & Southall, A. (2017, June 6). Attempted Murder Charge in Bronx Shooting of Boy on His 5th Birthday. New York Times, p. A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hall 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Hall 2014; Kirzhner and Koren 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Kirzhner and Koren 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Johnson et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Consumer Policy
AbbreviationJ. Consumer Policy
ISSN (print)0168-7034
ISSN (online)1573-0700
ScopeBusiness, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
Economics and Econometrics

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