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
Joiner, S., 2000. OPTICS: The Internet of Tomorrow. Science 290, 1907–1908.
A journal article with 2 authors
Burton, D.R., Wilson, I.A., 2007. Immunology. Square-dancing antibodies. Science 317, 1507–1508.
A journal article with 3 authors
Klak, C., Reeves, G., Hedderson, T., 2004. Unmatched tempo of evolution in Southern African semi-desert ice plants. Nature 427, 63–65.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lubowich, D.A., Pasachoff, J.M., Balonek, T.J., Millar, T.J., Tremonti, C., Roberts, H., Galloway, R.P., 2000. Deuterium in the Galactic Centre as a result of recent infall of low-metallicity gas. Nature 405, 1025–1027.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bays, D.H., 2011. A New History of Christianity in China. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Sami, N. (Ed.), 2016. Autoimmune Bullous Diseases: Approach and Management, 1st ed. 2016. ed. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Owen, B.M., Rosston, G.L., 2006. Local Broadband Access: Primum Non Nocere or Primum Processi? A Property Rights Approach, in: Lenard, T.M., May, R.J. (Eds.), Net Neutrality or Net Neutering: Should Broadband Internet Services Be Regulated. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 163–194.

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., 2016. Leaked Paper Suggests That The EmDrive Actually Works [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, 1998. Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: DOD Guidance Needed to Protect Government’s Interest (No. NSIAD-98-151). 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
Zacher, B., 2013. The roles of electrode contacts in organic photovoltaics (Doctoral dissertation). University of Arizona, Tucson, 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
Kelly, K., Davis, J.H., 2017. Lawsuit Challenges the Secrecy of White House Advisers on Infrastructure. New York Times A10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Joiner, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Burton and Wilson, 2007; Joiner, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Burton and Wilson, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Lubowich et al., 2000)

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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