How to format your references using the Resources Policy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Resources Policy. 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
Catling, D.C., 2006. Comment on “A hydrogen-rich early Earth atmosphere.” Science 311, 38; author reply 38.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bradford, L., O’Tierney, P., 2001. Three-person rule was not set by Nobel himself. Nature 411, 413.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mazmanian, S.K., Round, J.L., Kasper, D.L., 2008. A microbial symbiosis factor prevents intestinal inflammatory disease. Nature 453, 620–625.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Baron, M.K., Boeckers, T.M., Vaida, B., Faham, S., Gingery, M., Sawaya, M.R., Salyer, D., Gundelfinger, E.D., Bowie, J.U., 2006. An architectural framework that may lie at the core of the postsynaptic density. Science 311, 531–535.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lütolf-Carroll, C., Antti Pirnes, Withers LLP, 2009. From Innovation to Cash Flows. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Sushil, Bhal, K.T., Singh, S.P. (Eds.), 2016. Managing Flexibility: People, Process, Technology and Business, Flexible Systems Management. Springer India, New Delhi.
A chapter in an edited book
Gentile, C., Alsindi, N., Raulefs, R., Teolis, C., 2013. Survey-Based Location Systems, in: Alsindi, N., Raulefs, R., Teolis, C. (Eds.), Geolocation Techniques: Principles and Applications. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 99–136.

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 Resources Policy.

Blog post
Luntz, S., 2017. Handmade Centrifuge Can Fraction Blood And Detect Malaria [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1987. Army Deployment: Better Transportation Planning Is Needed (No. NSIAD-87-138). 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
Mathes, M.D., 2014. Exploring Factors That Enabled Financial Advisors and Their Firms to Improve Professional Performance After 2008 (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

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
Santora, M., 2017. Mounting Subway Delays Cost Riders Millions Every Year, Report Finds. New York Times A19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Catling, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Bradford and O’Tierney, 2001; Catling, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Bradford and O’Tierney, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Baron et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleResources Policy
AbbreviationResour. Policy
ISSN (print)0301-4207
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics
Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Sociology and Political Science

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