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
Beattie, G. A. (2015). Microbiomes: Curating communities from plants. Nature, 528(7582), 340–341.
A journal article with 2 authors
Colton, R. J., & Russell, J. N., Jr. (2003). Counterterrorism. Making the world a safer place. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5611), 1324–1325.
A journal article with 3 authors
Caraveo-Frescas, J. A., Khan, M. A., & Alshareef, H. N. (2014). Polymer ferroelectric field-effect memory device with SnO channel layer exhibits record hole mobility. Scientific Reports, 4, 5243.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhang, L., Wang, Y., Xu, Y., Lei, H., Zhao, Y., Li, H., … Tang, H. (2014). Metabonomic analysis reveals efficient ameliorating effects of acupoint stimulations on the menopause-caused alterations in mammalian metabolism. Scientific Reports, 4, 3641.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nedoma, J., Stehlík, J., Hlaváček, I., Daněk, J., Dostálová, T., & Přečková, P. (2011). Mathematical and Computational Methods in Biomechanics of Human Skeletal Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Wang, Z. M. (Ed.). (2012). Quantum Dot Devices (Vol. 13). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Lindeberg, S. (2009). Modern Human Physiology with Respect to Evolutionary Adaptations that Relate to Diet in the Past. In J.-J. Hublin & M. P. Richards (Eds.), The Evolution of Hominin Diets: Integrating Approaches to the Study of Palaeolithic Subsistence (pp. 43–57). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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. (2015, July 6). Gene Therapy Offers Fresh Hope to Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1995). Tax Systems Modernization: Unmanaged Risks Threaten Success (No. T-AIMD-95-86). 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
Bourgault, R. R. (2008). Multi-scale pedologic investigation of manganiferous soils in the Maryland Piedmont (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
JULIA C. MEAD; Linda Saslow contributed reporting for this article. (2006, April 30). A Grieving Family Questions a Police Policy. New York Times, p. 14LI7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Robinson, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Cole, 2011; Shelton, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Colton & Russell, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Caraveo-Frescas, Khan, & Alshareef, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Hungate et al., 2004)

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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