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
Bohannon J. 2009. The Gonzo Scientist. The Science Dance Match-Up Challenge. Science. 324(5925):332
A journal article with 2 authors
Wilson RI, Nicoll RA. 2001. Endogenous cannabinoids mediate retrograde signalling at hippocampal synapses. Nature. 410(6828):588–92
A journal article with 3 authors
Feng M, Zhao J, Petek H. 2008. Atomlike, hollow-core-bound molecular orbitals of C60. Science. 320(5874):359–62
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Koren I, Kaufman YJ, Remer LA, Martins JV. 2004. Measurement of the effect of Amazon smoke on inhibition of cloud formation. Science. 303(5662):1342–45

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Padova T. 2011. Adobe® Acrobat® X PDF Bible. Indianapolis, IN, USA: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Oemig F. 2016. Healthcare Interoperability Standards Compliance Handbook: Conformance and Testing of Healthcare Data Exchange Standards. Cham: Springer International Publishing
A chapter in an edited book
Kuhlmann M, Gogolla M. 2012. Strengthening SAT-Based Validation of UML/OCL Models by Representing Collections as Relations. In Modelling Foundations and Applications: 8th European Conference, ECMFA 2012, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark, July 2-5, 2012. Proceedings, eds. A Vallecillo, J-P Tolvanen, E Kindler, H Störrle, D Kolovos, pp. 32–48. Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Hamilton K. 2016. Pollen Genetics Can Help With Forensic Investigations. 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. Airport Funding: FAA’s and Industry’s Cost Estimates for Airport Development. GAO-17-504T, 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
Chin S-H. 2009. A performer’s guide to Howard Hanson’s “Four Poems (Poèmes érotiques)”, Opus 9. Doctoral dissertation thesis. California State University, Long Beach

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
Novick SM. 2015. Feast of Championships. New York Times, Jan. 18, , p. LI10

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bohannon 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Bohannon 2009; Wilson & Nicoll 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Wilson & Nicoll 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Koren et al. 2004)

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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