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
Gies, Hermann. 2007. Chemistry. Charge flipping and beyond. Science (New York, N.Y.) 315: 1087–1088.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lau, Hakwan, and Brian Maniscalco. 2010. Neuroscience. Should confidence be trusted? Science (New York, N.Y.) 329: 1478–1479.
A journal article with 3 authors
Spencer, John P., Evelina Dineva, and Linda B. Smith. 2009. Comment on “Infants’ perseverative search errors are induced by pragmatic misinterpretation.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 325: 1624; author reply 1624.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Berman-Frank, I., P. Lundgren, Y. B. Chen, H. Küpper, Z. Kolber, B. Bergman, and P. Falkowski. 2001. Segregation of nitrogen fixation and oxygenic photosynthesis in the marine cyanobacterium Trichodesmium. Science (New York, N.Y.) 294: 1534–1537.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anderson, John B. 2017. Bandwidth Efficient Coding. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Yue, Guangxi, Hai Zhang, Changsui Zhao, and Zhongyang Luo, ed. 2010. Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Fluidized Bed Combustion. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Shandas, Vivek. 2014. Socio-Ecological Context of Salmonids in the City. In Wild Salmonids in the Urbanizing Pacific Northwest, ed. J. Alan Yeakley, Kathleen G. Maas-Hebner, and Robert M. Hughes, 47–57. New York, NY: 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
Andrew, Elise. 2014. Body Invaders: Caterpillar Edition. IFLScience. IFLScience. April 18.


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. 1977. NASA Report May Overstate the Economic Benefits of Research and Development Spending. PAD-78-18. 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
Robey, Alison Marie. 2017. The Benefits of Testing: Individual Differences Based on Student Factors. Doctoral dissertation, College Park, MD: University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Crow, Kelly. 2002. Spit and Polish For an Old Soldier. New York Times, April 21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gies 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Gies 2007; Lau and Maniscalco 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Lau and Maniscalco 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Berman-Frank et al. 2001)

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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