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
Stickgold, Robert. 2005. Sleep-dependent memory consolidation. Nature 437: 1272–1278.
A journal article with 2 authors
Treguer, P., and P. Pondaven. 2000. Global change. Silica control of carbon dioxide. Nature 406: 358–359.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yoder, Bruce L., Régis Bisson, and Rainer D. Beck. 2010. Steric effects in the chemisorption of vibrationally excited methane on Ni(100). Science (New York, N.Y.) 329: 553–556.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Cheng, Meng, Wenhua Xie, Baoning Zong, Bo Sun, and Minghua Qiao. 2013. When magnetic catalyst meets magnetic reactor: etherification of FCC light gasoline as an example. Scientific reports 3: 1973.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Abraham, Andrew. 2012. The Trend Following Bible. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Yang, Shanchieh Jay, Ariel M. Greenberg, and Mica Endsley, ed. 2012. Social Computing, Behavioral - Cultural Modeling and Prediction: 5th International Conference, SBP 2012, College Park, MD, USA, April 3-5, 2012. Proceedings. Vol. 7227. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Ide, Nancy, James Pustejovsky, Christopher Cieri, Eric Nyberg, Denise DiPersio, Chunqi Shi, Keith Suderman, Marc Verhagen, Di Wang, and Jonathan Wright. 2016. The Language Application Grid. In Worldwide Language Service Infrastructure: Second International Workshop, WLSI 2015, Kyoto, Japan, January 22-23, 2015. Revised Selected Papers, ed. Yohei Murakami and Donghui Lin, 51–70. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
Luntz, Stephen. 2017. Adventurous Beetles Confirm A New Form Of Evolution. IFLScience. IFLScience. January 30.


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. 2010. Students With Disabilities: More Information and Guidance Could Improve Opportunities in Physical Education and Athletics. GAO-10-519. 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
Richardson, Robert Steven. 2015. A phenomenological hermeneutic study of radiology. Doctoral dissertation, Phoenix, AZ: 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
Williams, John. 2017. A Change Means a Challenge. New York Times, September 9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stickgold 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Treguer and Pondaven 2000; Stickgold 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Treguer and Pondaven 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Cheng et al. 2013)

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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