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
Dobson, Christopher M. 2002. Getting out of shape. Nature 418: 729–730.
A journal article with 2 authors
Thomas, Chris D., and Mark Williamson. 2012. Extinction and climate change. Nature 482: E4-5; author reply E5-6.
A journal article with 3 authors
Giannini, A., R. Saravanan, and P. Chang. 2003. Oceanic forcing of Sahel rainfall on interannual to interdecadal time scales. Science (New York, N.Y.) 302: 1027–1030.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Fitzpatrick, Mark J., Elah Feder, Locke Rowe, and Marla B. Sokolowski. 2007. Maintaining a behaviour polymorphism by frequency-dependent selection on a single gene. Nature 447: 210–212.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pagliaro, Louis A., and Ann Marie Pagliaro. 2011. Handbook of Child and Adolescent Drug and Substance Abuse. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Inaba, Masayuki, and Peter Corke, ed. 2016. Robotics Research: The 16th International Symposium ISRR. Vol. 114. Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Carlson, David Lee, and James Albright. 2012. The Proliferation of Assessment. In Composing a Care of the Self: A Critical History of Writing Assessment in Secondary English Education, ed. David Lee Carlson and James Albright, 101–122. Rotterdam: SensePublishers.

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
Andrew, Elise. 2015. US Permits Arctic Drilling, But Questions About Safety Remain. IFLScience. IFLScience. May 26.


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. 2008. Social Security Administration Field Offices: Reduced Workforce Faces Challenges as Baby Boomers Retire. GAO-08-737T. 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
ELBoushi, Tondelayo C. 2010. Evaluating ethics training and the outcome on leadership decision making: A phenomenological study. 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
Walsh, Mary Williams. 2012. State Bonds In Jeopardy As Tobacco Cash Fades. New York Times, May 4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dobson 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Dobson 2002; Thomas and Williamson 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Thomas and Williamson 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Fitzpatrick et al. 2007)

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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