How to format your references using the Annual Review of Law and Social Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annual Review of Law and Social Science. 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
Segre JA. 2015. MICROBIOME. Microbial growth dynamics and human disease. Science. 349(6252):1058–59
A journal article with 2 authors
Turchyn AV, Schrag DP. 2004. Oxygen isotope constraints on the sulfur cycle over the past 10 million years. Science. 303(5666):2004–7
A journal article with 3 authors
Cortright RD, Davda RR, Dumesic JA. 2002. Hydrogen from catalytic reforming of biomass-derived hydrocarbons in liquid water. Nature. 418(6901):964–67
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Keppler F, Hamilton JTG, Brass M, Röckmann T. 2006. Methane emissions from terrestrial plants under aerobic conditions. Nature. 439(7073):187–91

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Clarke A, Thompson A, Jenkinson E, Rumsey N, Newell R. 2013. CBT for Appearance Anxiety. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons
An edited book
Flew T, Iosifidis P, Steemers J, eds. 2016. Global Media and National Policies: The Return of the State. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK
A chapter in an edited book
Raz E, Tinelli E, D’Ambrosio F, Caramia F. 2013. Intracranial Circulation. In Cardiovascular CT and MR Imaging: From Technique to Clinical Interpretation, eds. C Catalano, M Anzidei, A Napoli, pp. 71–91. Milano: Springer

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 Annual Review of Law and Social Science.

Blog post
Luntz S. 2016. Vast Oceanic Ridge Captures Southern Ocean’s Sediment. IFLScience.


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. 2017. Technology Assessment: Internet of Things: Status and implications of an increasingly connected world. GAO-17-75, 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
Ho L. 2012. Determination of Ibuprofen Isotherm Using Supercritical Fluid Chromatography. Doctoral dissertation thesis. University of South Florida

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. 2012. A Chicer, Cheaper New Outlook. New York Times, Jan. 5, , p. E5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Segre 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Segre 2015; Turchyn & Schrag 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Turchyn & Schrag 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Keppler et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleAnnual Review of Law and Social Science
AbbreviationAnnu. Rev. Law Soc. Sci.
ISSN (print)1550-3585
ISSN (online)1550-3631
Sociology and Political Science

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