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
Goodson, K. E. 2007. Materials science. Ordering up the minimum thermal conductivity of solids. Science (New York, N.Y.) 315: 342–343.
A journal article with 2 authors
Straub, Tobias, and Peter B. Becker. 2013. Comment on “Drosophila dosage compensation involves enhanced Pol II recruitment to male X-linked promoters.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 340: 273.
A journal article with 3 authors
Stone, J. V., N. M. Hunkin, and A. Hornby. 2001. Predicting spontaneous recovery of memory. Nature 414: 167–168.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Ning, B., S. Y. Zhang, D. Hou, J. T. Wu, Z. B. Li, and J. Y. Zhao. 2014. High-precision distribution of highly stable optical pulse trains with 8.8 × 1019 instability. Scientific reports 4: 5109.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Haas, Timothy C. 2011. Improving Natural Resource Management. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Dumas, Marlon, Manfred Reichert, and Ming-Chien Shan, ed. 2008. Business Process Management: 6th International Conference, BPM 2008, Milan, Italy, September 2-4, 2008. Proceedings. Vol. 5240. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Benner, Peter. 2015. Theory and Numerical Solution of Differential and Algebraic Riccati Equations. In Numerical Algebra, Matrix Theory, Differential-Algebraic Equations and Control Theory: Festschrift in Honor of Volker Mehrmann, ed. Peter Benner, Matthias Bollhöfer, Daniel Kressner, Christian Mehl, and Tatjana Stykel, 67–105. 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
Taub, Ben. 2016. The Brain’s Cannabis Receptors Have Been Imaged For The First Time. IFLScience. IFLScience. October 25.


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. 1991. Better DOE Controls Needed Over Contractors’ Discretionary R&D Funds. T-RCED-91-25. 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
Aquino-Centeno, Salvador. 2009. Contesting social memories and identities in the Zapotec Sierra of Oaxaca, Mexico. Doctoral dissertation, Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona.

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. 2014. At Hearing, Caterpillar Defends Tax Practices. New York Times, April 2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Goodson 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Goodson 2007; Straub and Becker 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Straub and Becker 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Ning et al. 2014)

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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