How to format your references using the British Journal of Political Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for British Journal of Political Science (BJPS). 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Benitez-Nelson C (2015) Ocean Chemistry. The Missing Link in Oceanic Phosphorus Cycling? Science (New York, N.Y.) 348, 759–760.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tomita K and Weiner AM (2001) Collaboration between CC- and A-Adding Enzymes to Build and Repair the 3’-Terminal CCA of TRNA in Aquifex Aeolicus. Science (New York, N.Y.) 294, 1334–1336.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chuang JS, Rivoire O and Leibler S (2009) Simpson’s Paradox in a Synthetic Microbial System. Science (New York, N.Y.) 323, 272–275.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Paggi M et al. (2014) Fatigue Degradation and Electric Recovery in Silicon Solar Cells Embedded in Photovoltaic Modules. Scientific reports 4, 4506.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Banks D (2012) An Introduction to Thermogeology: Ground Source Heating and Cooling. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Ramos A (ed.) (2011) Electrokinetics and Electrohydrodynamics in Microsystems. Vienna: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bertling J and Rommel S (2016) A Critical View of 3D Printing Regarding Industrial Mass Customization Versus Individual Desktop Fabrication. In Ferdinand J-P, Petschow U and Dickel S (eds), The Decentralized and Networked Future of Value Creation: 3D Printing and Its Implications for Society, Industry, and Sustainable Development. Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 75–105.

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 British Journal of Political Science.

Blog post
Davis J (2016) New Rare Neurodegenerative Brain Disease Discovered And Described. IFLScience. Available from (accessed 30 October 2018).


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 (2001) Bilingual Education: Four Overlapping Programs Could Be Consolidated. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Mai J (2017) ‘College Application Behaviors: Factors Impacting the College Choices of High School Seniors’. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: 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
Vecsey G (2014) Staying on the Island, but Moving a World Away. New York Times, October 11, SP4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Benitez-Nelson 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Benitez-Nelson 2015; Tomita and Weiner 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Tomita and Weiner 2001)
  • Three authors: (Chuang, Rivoire, and Leibler 2009)
  • 4 or more authors: (Paggi et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleBritish Journal of Political Science
AbbreviationBr. J. Polit. Sci.
ISSN (print)0007-1234
ISSN (online)1469-2112
ScopeSociology and Political Science

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