How to format your references using the Journal of Global Policy and Governance citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Global Policy and Governance. 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
Webster M (2007) A Cambrian peak in morphological variation within trilobite species. Science 317:499–502
A journal article with 2 authors
Lin JY, Fisher DE (2007) Melanocyte biology and skin pigmentation. Nature 445:843–850
A journal article with 3 authors
Harley HE, Putman EA, Roitblat HL (2003) Bottlenose dolphins perceive object features through echolocation. Nature 424:667–669
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Smartt SJ, Maund JR, Hendry MA, et al (2004) Detection of a red supergiant progenitor star of a type II-plateau supernova. Science 303:499–503

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Warnock G, Ghafary M, Shaheen G (2015) Alcatel-Lucent Service Routing Architect (SRA) Self-Study Guide. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Indianapolis, IN, USA
An edited book
Pérez DMC, Fain SM, Slater JJ (eds) (2011) Higher Education and Human Capital: Re/thinking the Doctorate in America. SensePublishers, Rotterdam
A chapter in an edited book
Savenkov D, Braslavski P, Lebedev M (2011) Search Snippet Evaluation at Yandex: Lessons Learned and Future Directions. In: Forner P, Gonzalo J, Kekäläinen J, et al. (eds) Multilingual and Multimodal Information Access Evaluation: Second International Conference of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum, CLEF 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 19-22, 2011. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 14–25

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 Global Policy and Governance.

Blog post
Andrew D (2015) Stop Whatever You’re Doing And Ask Siri To Divide Zero By Zero. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1980) Update on Federal Matching and Maintenance of Effort Requirements for California. 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
Randall R (2009) Department of Children and Family Services workers’ knowledge of childhood obesity and services for obese children. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Creswell J, de la MERCED MJ (2017) Activist Investor Seeks Seat at Procter & Gamble. New York Times B1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Webster 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Lin and Fisher 2007; Webster 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Lin and Fisher 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Smartt et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Global Policy and Governance
ISSN (print)2194-7740
ISSN (online)2194-7759

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