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
Knowles SM. 2010. Intellectual property. Fixing the legal framework for pharmaceutical research. Science. 327(5969):1083–84
A journal article with 2 authors
Leek JT, Peng RD. 2015. Statistics. What is the question? Science. 347(6228):1314–15
A journal article with 3 authors
Quinto-Su PA, Suzuki M, Ohl C-D. 2014. Fast temperature measurement following single laser-induced cavitation inside a microfluidic gap. Sci. Rep. 4:5445
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Tran TS, Rubio ME, Clem RL, Johnson D, Case L, et al. 2009. Secreted semaphorins control spine distribution and morphogenesis in the postnatal CNS. Nature. 462(7276):1065–69

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cruz MG, Peters GW, Shevchenko PV. 2015. Fundamental Aspects of Operational Risk and Insurance Analytics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
An edited book
Baskin HJ Sr, Duick DS, Levine RA, eds. 2013. Thyroid Ultrasound and Ultrasound-Guided FNA. New York, NY: Springer. 3rd ed. 2013 ed.
A chapter in an edited book
Aksamit AJ. 2013. Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy. In Viral Infections of the Human Nervous System, ed. AC Jackson, pp. 65–86. Basel: 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
Carpineti A. 2017. Astronomers Find Quasar With Temperatures Hotter Than Thought Possible. 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. 1973. Problems in Regulating Selected Vaccines. B-164031(2), 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
Milillo MS. 2009. Analysis of emotional intelligence among management leaders and non-management leaders in software development. Doctoral dissertation thesis. University of Phoenix

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
Sweeney-James KA. 2017. Remembering Nana. New York Times, July 31, , p. A18

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Knowles 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Knowles 2010; Leek & Peng 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Leek & Peng 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Tran et al. 2009)

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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