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
Knight J (2001) Senators call for biodefence boost. Nature 413:441
A journal article with 2 authors
Hunt PA, Hassold TJ (2002) Sex matters in meiosis. Science 296:2181–2183
A journal article with 3 authors
Hirjibehedin CF, Lutz CP, Heinrich AJ (2006) Spin coupling in engineered atomic structures. Science 312:1021–1024
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Rieger MA, Lamond M, Preston C, et al (2002) Pollen-mediated movement of herbicide resistance between commercial canola fields. Science 296:2386–2388

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Grous A (2011) Applied Metrology for Manufacturing Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Patel M (2010) The Role of Model Integration in Complex Systems Modelling: An Example from Cancer Biology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Palosz B, Gierlotka S, Swiderska-Sroda A, et al (2005) Combining Hard with Soft Materials in Nanoscale under High-Pressure High-Temperature Conditions. In: Lee J, Novikov N, Turkevich V (eds) Innovative Superhard Materials and Sustainable Coatings for Advanced Manufacturing: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Innovative Superhard Materials and Sustainable Coatings Kiev, Ukraine 12–15 May 2004. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 43–62

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 E (2015) From Great Red Spot To Orange Pimple: Is Jupiter’s Superstorm Finally Blowing Over? 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 (2003) Joint Strike Fighter Acquisition: Cooperative Program Needs Greater Oversight to Ensure Goals Are Met. 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
Best W (2009) Beneath the Silence. 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
Baker AL, McKINLEY JC Jr (2017) Bullet in Bronx Takes a Detour, Turning Deadly. 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 (Knight 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Knight 2001; Hunt and Hassold 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Hunt and Hassold 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Rieger et al. 2002)

About the journal

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

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