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
Aspinall, W. (2011). Check your legal position before advising others. Nature, 477(7364), 251.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hannisdal, B., & Peters, S. E. (2011). Phanerozoic Earth system evolution and marine biodiversity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6059), 1121–1124.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schmidt, W. H., Houang, R., & Cogan, L. S. (2011). Education. Preparing future math teachers. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6035), 1266–1267.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Li, Y., Zhong, Y., Zhang, J., Xu, L., Wang, Q., Sun, H., Tong, H., Cheng, X., & Miao, X. (2014). Activity-dependent synaptic plasticity of a chalcogenide electronic synapse for neuromorphic systems. Scientific Reports, 4, 4906.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tadros, T. F. (2009). Colloids in Agrochemicals. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Straccia, U., & Calì, A. (Eds.). (2014). Scalable Uncertainty Management: 8th International Conference, SUM 2014, Oxford, UK, September 15-17, 2014. Proceedings (Vol. 8720). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Amaris, H., Alonso, M., & Ortega, C. A. (2013). Voltage Stability in Power Networks with Wind Power Generation. In M. Alonso & C. Alvarez Ortega (Eds.), Reactive Power Management of Power Networks with Wind Generation (pp. 77–95). 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
Luntz, S. (2016, December 20). Patients With Female Doctors Are Less Likely To Die Or Be Readmitted. 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. (2003). University Research: Most Federal Agencies Need to Better Protect against Financial Conflicts of Interest (GAO-04-31). 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
Grace, J. (2017). A Correlational Study of the Relationship Between TEAS V and Success in Licensed Practical Nursing Students [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Hollander, S. (2002, October 6). Transfer Finds Home At Manhattan College. New York Times, 88.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Aspinall, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Aspinall, 2011; Hannisdal & Peters, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Hannisdal & Peters, 2011)
  • Three authors: (Schmidt et al., 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Li 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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