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
Hengartner, M.O., 2001. Apoptosis. DNA destroyers. Nature 412, 27, 29.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chung, H.S., Eaton, W.A., 2013. Single-molecule fluorescence probes dynamics of barrier crossing. Nature 502, 685–688.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sneddon, J.B., Borowiak, M., Melton, D.A., 2012. Self-renewal of embryonic-stem-cell-derived progenitors by organ-matched mesenchyme. Nature 491, 765–768.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ng, C.K., Carr, K., McAinsh, M.R., Powell, B., Hetherington, A.M., 2001. Drought-induced guard cell signal transduction involves sphingosine-1-phosphate. Nature 410, 596–599.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Daubert, E.J., 2009. The Annual Campaign. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Dobretsov, N., Kolchanov, N., Rozanov, A., Zavarzin, G. (Eds.), 2008. Biosphere Origin and Evolution. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Lachapelle, J.-M., 2009. The Standard Series of Patch Tests, in: Maibach, H.I., Ring, J., Darsow, U., Rustemeyer, T. (Eds.), Patch Testing and Prick Testing: A Practical Guide Official Publication of the ICDRG. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 71–82.

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
Fang, J., 2014. How Our Brains Got Their Wrinkles [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, 1994. [Comments on DOD Data Center Consolidation Plan] (No. B-254086). 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
Rey, D., 2017. Chaos, Observability and Symplectic Structure in Optimal Estimation (Doctoral dissertation). University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

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
Vecsey, G., 2010. Here’s the Kicker: He Was Suddenly A Punter, Too. New York Times SP3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hengartner, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Chung and Eaton, 2013; Hengartner, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Chung and Eaton, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Ng et al., 2001)

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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