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
Helgen, Kristofer M. 2011. Evolution. The mammal family tree. Science (New York, N.Y.) 334: 458–459.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hartland, Gregory V., and Shun Shang Lo. 2013. Physics. Spectroscopy beyond the single-particle limit. Science (New York, N.Y.) 341: 36–37.
A journal article with 3 authors
Merico, Agostino, Toby Tyrrell, and Paul A. Wilson. 2008. Eocene/Oligocene ocean de-acidification linked to Antarctic glaciation by sea-level fall. Nature 452: 979–982.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Bertaina, S., S. Gambarelli, T. Mitra, B. Tsukerblat, A. Müller, and B. Barbara. 2008. Quantum oscillations in a molecular magnet. Nature 453: 203–206.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kim, Dae Mann. 2015. Introductory Quantum Mechanics for Applied Nanotechnology. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Lyman, Gary H., and David C. Dale, ed. 2011. Hematopoietic Growth Factors in Oncology. 1st ed. Vol. 157. Cancer Treatment and Research. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Bodvarsson, Örn B., and Hendrik Van den Berg. 2013. The Effects of Immigration on the Destination Economy: The Theory. In The Economics of Immigration: Theory and Policy, ed. Hendrik Van den Berg, 109–134. 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
Davis, Josh. 2015. Baboons Make Democratic Decisions About Where to Go. IFLScience. IFLScience. June 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. 1993. Transition From School to Work: S. 1361 Addresses Components of Comprehensive Strategy. T-HRD-93-31. 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
Araki, Patricia R. 2017. Golden Years Home Residential Care Facility for the Elderly. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Greenhouse, Linda. 2006. Justices Weigh Limits on Punitive Damages. New York Times, November 1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Helgen 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Helgen 2011; Hartland and Lo 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Hartland and Lo 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Bertaina et al. 2008)

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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