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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chinese Political Science Review. 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
Coontz, Robert. 2008. Science CAREERS. Hydrogeologists tap into demand for an irreplaceable resource. Science (New York, N.Y.) 321: 858–859.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kunz, Werner, and Matthias Kellermeier. 2009. Materials science. Beyond biomineralization. Science (New York, N.Y.) 323: 344–345.
A journal article with 3 authors
Butler, Marguerite A., Stanley A. Sawyer, and Jonathan B. Losos. 2007. Sexual dimorphism and adaptive radiation in Anolis lizards. Nature 447: 202–205.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Perry, Allison L., Paula J. Low, Jim R. Ellis, and John D. Reynolds. 2005. Climate change and distribution shifts in marine fishes. Science (New York, N.Y.) 308: 1912–1915.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bhattacharyya, Arun K. 2005. Phased Array Antennas. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Emmer, Michele, ed. 2013. Imagine Math 2: Between Culture and Mathematics. Milano: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Mansour, Markus. 2011. Consumable and Expendable Material Support as an Element of Modular Product Service Systems in the Aviation MRO Industry. In Functional Thinking for Value Creation: Proceedings of the 3rd CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product Service Systems, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany, May 5th - 6th, 2011, ed. Jürgen Hesselbach and Christoph Herrmann, 13–13. 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 Chinese Political Science Review.

Blog post
Hale, Tom. 2016. Here’s Why You Should Be Sleeping Naked. IFLScience. IFLScience. August 31.


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. 2014. Secure Flight: TSA Could Take Additional Steps to Strengthen Privacy Oversight Mechanisms. GAO-14-647. 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
Vas, Laura Terezia. 2008. Orbis pictus: Intermedialität zwischen Berliner Stadtmalerei und literarischer Stadterfahrung dargestellt anhand der Werke von E.T.A. Hoffmann und Wilhelm Raabe. Doctoral dissertation, Cincinnati, OH: University of Cincinnati.

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, George. 2011. For the Cardinals, a Classic Finish. New York Times, October 29.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Coontz 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Coontz 2008; Kunz and Kellermeier 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Kunz and Kellermeier 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Perry et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleChinese Political Science Review
AbbreviationChin. Polit. Sci. Rev.
ISSN (print)2365-4244
ISSN (online)2365-4252

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