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
Lane, N., 2011. Evolution. The costs of breathing. Science 334, 184–185.
A journal article with 2 authors
Orszag, J.M., Orszag, P.R., 2005. Economics. Individual accounts: lessons from international experience. Science 309, 250–251.
A journal article with 3 authors
Alexander, D.T.L., Crozier, P.A., Anderson, J.R., 2008. Brown carbon spheres in East Asian outflow and their optical properties. Science 321, 833–836.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kazmierczak, P., Sakaguchi, H., Tokita, J., Wilson-Kubalek, E.M., Milligan, R.A., Müller, U., Kachar, B., 2007. Cadherin 23 and protocadherin 15 interact to form tip-link filaments in sensory hair cells. Nature 449, 87–91.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shover, L., 2010. Trading Options in Turbulent Markets. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Spence, L., Painter-Morland, M. (Eds.), 2011. Ethics in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: A Global Commentary, The International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics Book Series. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Gelmetti, C., 2015. La dermatologia e la venereologia dal XIX al XX secolo, in: Gelmetti, C. (Ed.), Storia Della Dermatologia e Della Venereologia in Italia. Springer, Milano, pp. 103–141.

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
Andrew, E., 2015. Humanity Is In The Existential Danger Zone, Study Confirms [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, 2007. Joint Strike Fighter: Progress Made and Challenges Remain (No. GAO-07-360). 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
De La Cruz, C.F., 2009. A program evaluation of a literacy initiative for students with moderate to severe disabilities (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Glenn Hubbard, R., Kane, T., 2013. Republicans and Democrats Both Miscalculated. New York Times A17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lane, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Lane, 2011; Orszag and Orszag, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Orszag and Orszag, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Kazmierczak et al., 2007)

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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