How to format your references using the Annual Review of Political Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annual Review of Political 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
Lazer D. 2015. Social sciences. The rise of the social algorithm. Science. 348(6239):1090–91
A journal article with 2 authors
Land MF, Osorio D. 2014. Physiology. Extraordinary color vision. Science. 343(6169):381–82
A journal article with 3 authors
Humphries MM, Thomas DW, Speakman JR. 2002. Climate-mediated energetic constraints on the distribution of hibernating mammals. Nature. 418(6895):313–16
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Andreoli E, Dillon EP, Cullum L, Alemany LB, Barron AR. 2014. Cross-linking amine-rich compounds into high performing selective CO2 absorbents. Sci. Rep. 4:7304

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
English JF. 2012. The Global Future of English Studies. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
An edited book
Kristbergsson K, Ötles S, eds. 2016. Functional Properties of Traditional Foods, Vol. 12. Boston, MA: Springer US
A chapter in an edited book
Jungck P, Duncan R, Mulcahy D. 2011. Construction of a packetC Program. In PacketC Programming, eds. R Duncan, D Mulcahy, pp. 39–52. Berkeley, CA: Apress

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 Political Science.

Blog post
Davis J. 2015. Scientists Develop Self-Healing Airplane Wing. 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. 1990. Information Resources: Management Improvements Essential for Key Agriculture Automated Systems. IMTEC-90-85, 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
Griffith A. 2017. The Curious Case of Implementation: Enactment of the California Community College Student Equity Initiative. 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
Feeney K. 2007. Falafel, Panini Style. New York Times, July 15, , p. NJ12

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lazer 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Land & Osorio 2014; Lazer 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Land & Osorio 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Andreoli et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleAnnual Review of Political Science
AbbreviationAnnu. Rev. Polit. Sci. (Palo Alto)
ISSN (print)1094-2939
ISSN (online)1545-1577
ScopeSociology and Political Science

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