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
Daley GQ. 2007. Gametes from embryonic stem cells: a cup half empty or half full? Science. 316(5823):409–10
A journal article with 2 authors
Labinger JA, Bercaw JE. 2002. Understanding and exploiting C-H bond activation. Nature. 417(6888):507–14
A journal article with 3 authors
Deana A, Celesnik H, Belasco JG. 2008. The bacterial enzyme RppH triggers messenger RNA degradation by 5’ pyrophosphate removal. Nature. 451(7176):355–58
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Yuan Y-J, Yu Z-T, Liu X-J, Cai J-G, Guan Z-J, Zou Z-G. 2014. Hydrogen photogeneration promoted by efficient electron transfer from iridium sensitizers to colloidal MoS2 catalysts. Sci. Rep. 4:4045

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Grant G. 2016. The Water Sensitive City. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
An edited book
Dikshit KR. 2014. North-East India: Land, People and Economy. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands
A chapter in an edited book
Mengüç B. 2015. A Preliminary Analysis on the Cross-cultural Applicability of the Structural Model of Consumer Knowledge Assessment. In Proceedings of the 1997 World Marketing Congress, eds. S Sidin, AK Manrai, pp. 12–13. Cham: Springer International Publishing

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
Andrew D. 2016. The Human Brain Has A “Super” Capacity To Recognise Faces — And Neuroscientists, Psychologists, And Police Are Just Starting To Figure Out Why. 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. 1980. Entitlement to the Transportation of Dependents. B-197463, 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
Rodgers R. 2017. Phylogenomic Analysis of Fundulidae Using RNA-Sequencing Data. Doctoral dissertation thesis. Southern Illinois University

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
(nyt) SK. 2001. World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Chechnya Death Toll. New York Times, Nov. 2, , p. A8

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Daley 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Daley 2007; Labinger & Bercaw 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Labinger & Bercaw 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Yuan et al. 2014)

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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