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
Ho C-H. 2014. Amorphous effect on the advancing of wide-range absorption and structural-phase transition in γ-In2Se3 polycrystalline layers. Sci. Rep. 4:4764
A journal article with 2 authors
Hotchkiss RS, Sherwood ER. 2015. Immunology. Getting sepsis therapy right. Science. 347(6227):1201–2
A journal article with 3 authors
Carpenter SJ, Erickson JM, Holland FD Jr. 2003. Migration of a Late Cretaceous fish. Nature. 423(6935):70–74
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Kuchibhotla KV, Lattarulo CR, Hyman BT, Bacskai BJ. 2009. Synchronous hyperactivity and intercellular calcium waves in astrocytes in Alzheimer mice. Science. 323(5918):1211–15

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Murphy DB, Davidson MW. 2012. Fundamentals of Light Microscopy and Electronic Imaging. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Matthew N. 2005. Beginning Databases with PostgreSQL: From Novice to Professional. Berkeley, CA: Apress. Second Edition ed.
A chapter in an edited book
Beal T. 2016. The Flowering of the Relationship. In China, New Zealand, and the Complexities of Globalization: Asymmetry, Complementarity, and Competition, ed. Y Kang, pp. 103–40. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US

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
Andrews R. 2016. Planet Nine May Not Be The Only Hidden Planet In Our Solar System. 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. 1999. Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Education Taking Needed Actions But Work Remains. T-AIMD-99-180, 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
Knight M. 2012. Technological Advancement in Conflict Assessment: A Case Study of the Fund for Peace’s Universal Network of Local Knowledge in Liberia. Doctoral dissertation thesis. George Washington 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
Otis J. 2017. Desire to Aid Others Collides With Financial Need. New York Times, Jan. 1, , p. A12

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ho 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Ho 2014; Hotchkiss & Sherwood 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Hotchkiss & Sherwood 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Kuchibhotla 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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