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
Gabbaï, F.P., 2013. Chemistry. Lewis acids with a difference. Science 341, 1348–1349.
A journal article with 2 authors
McCarl, B.A., Schneider, U.A., 2001. Climate change. Greenhouse gas mitigation in U.S. agriculture and forestry. Science 294, 2481–2482.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hsu, M., Anen, C., Quartz, S.R., 2008. The right and the good: distributive justice and neural encoding of equity and efficiency. Science 320, 1092–1095.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Jiang, G., Giannone, G., Critchley, D.R., Fukumoto, E., Sheetz, M.P., 2003. Two-piconewton slip bond between fibronectin and the cytoskeleton depends on talin. Nature 424, 334–337.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Held, G., 2005. Virtual Private Networking. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Volkmann, C.K., 2010. Entrepreneurship in a European Perspective: Concepts for the Creation and Growth of New Ventures. Gabler, Wiesbaden.
A chapter in an edited book
JimÉnez, R.M., Connolly, S., Blickman, J.G., Hoogeveen, Y.L., 2008. Accessory Organs of Digestion, in: Devos, A.S., Blickman, J.G. (Eds.), Radiological Imaging of the Digestive Tract in Infants and Children, Medical Radiology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 133–165.

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
Carpineti, A., 2015. The Interactions Between Antiprotons Have Been Measured For The First Time [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, 2010. Recovery Act: Head Start Grantees Expand Services, but More Consistent Communication Could Improve Accountability and Decisions about Spending (No. GAO-11-166). 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
Ahmed, S., 2013. Human fatigue in prolonged mentally demanding work-tasks: An observational study in the field (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Gorman, J., 2017. A Deep Dive for Living Treasure. New York Times D2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gabbaï, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Gabbaï, 2013; McCarl and Schneider, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (McCarl and Schneider, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Jiang et al., 2003)

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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