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
Ball, P., 2014. Culture: Artistic alchemy. Nature 512, 26–27.
A journal article with 2 authors
Errami, M., Garner, H., 2008. A tale of two citations. Nature 451, 397–399.
A journal article with 3 authors
Heil, M., Rattke, J., Boland, W., 2005. Postsecretory hydrolysis of nectar sucrose and specialization in ant/plant mutualism. Science 308, 560–563.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
He, C., Dong, S., Santosh, M., Chen, X., 2013. Seismic Evidence for a Geosuture between the Yangtze and Cathaysia Blocks, South China. Sci. Rep. 3, 2200.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kitai, A., 2011. Principles of Solar Cells, LEDs and Diodes: The role of the PN junction. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Törn, A., Žilinskas, J. (Eds.), 2007. Models and Algorithms for Global Optimization: Essays Dedicated to Antanas Žilinskas on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday, Optimization and Its Applications. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Adä, I., Berthold, M.R., 2013. Detecting Events in Molecular Dynamics Simulations, in: Tucker, A., Höppner, F., Siebes, A., Swift, S. (Eds.), Advances in Intelligent Data Analysis XII: 12th International Symposium, IDA 2013, London, UK, October 17-19, 2013. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 44–55.

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
Davis, J., 2016. This Fish Has An Unusual Way To Protect Against Sperm-Spraying Cheats [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, 1984. Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Oversight of National Public Radio (No. AFMD-84-44). 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
Razzaghi, M., 2013. Quantum Tunneling in Hydride Transfer Reactions in Solution (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Billard, M., 2010. All Wrapped Up in McQueen. New York Times E5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ball, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Ball, 2014; Errami and Garner, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Errami and Garner, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (He et al., 2013)

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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