How to format your references using the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Detrick, R. S. (2000). Seafloor spreading. Portrait of a magma chamber. Nature, 406(6796), 578–579.
A journal article with 2 authors
De Yoreo, J. J., & Dove, P. M. (2004). Materials science. Shaping crystals with biomolecules. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5700), 1301–1302.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kicheva, A., Cohen, M., & Briscoe, J. (2012). Developmental pattern formation: insights from physics and biology. Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6104), 210–212.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Saparov, B., Cantoni, C., Pan, M., Hogan, T. C., Ratcliff, W., 2nd, Wilson, S. D., Fritsch, K., Gaulin, B. D., Sefat, A. S., & Tachibana, M. (2014). Complex structures of different CaFe2As2 samples. Scientific Reports, 4, 4120.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Charalambides, C. A. (2016). Discrete q-Distributions. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Galbraith, S. D. (Ed.). (2007). Cryptography and Coding: 11th IMA International Conference, Cirencester, UK, December 18-20, 2007. Proceedings (Vol. 4887). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Yan, X., Jeschke, S., Dubey, A., Wilke, M., & Schütze, H. (2009). RENS – Enabling a Robot to Identify a Person. In M. Xie, Y. Xiong, C. Xiong, H. Liu, & Z. Hu (Eds.), Intelligent Robotics and Applications: Second International Conference, ICIRA 2009, Singapore, December 16-18, 2009. Proceedings (pp. 43–54). 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 Natural Resources Policy Research.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, May 30). Do You Hear What I Hear? Amazing Auditory Illusions Explained. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2012). Financial Literacy: Overlap of Programs Suggests There May Be Opportunities for Consolidation (GAO-12-588). 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
Mills, J. (2017). Catherine of Siena: No Saint Is an Island [Doctoral dissertation]. Southern Illinois 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
Almosawa, S., & Hubbard, B. (2016, October 8). Saudi-Led Airstrikes Blamed for Massacre of Scores of Yemeni Mourners. New York Times, A14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Detrick, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (De Yoreo & Dove, 2004; Detrick, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (De Yoreo & Dove, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Kicheva et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Saparov et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Natural Resources Policy Research
AbbreviationJ. Nat. Resour. Pol. Res.
ISSN (print)1939-0459
ISSN (online)1939-0467
ScopeManagement, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Geography, Planning and Development

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