How to format your references using the Comparative Politics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Comparative Politics. 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
A journal article with 2 authors
A journal article with 3 authors
A journal article with 4 or more authors

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
An edited book
A chapter in an edited book


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

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation

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

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference Philip Ball, “DNA: Celebrate the unknowns,” Nature, 496 (April 2013), 419–420..
This sentence cites two references Philip Ball, “DNA: Celebrate the unknowns,” Nature, 496 (April 2013), 419–420; Anja Rammig and Miguel D. Mahecha, “Ecology: Ecosystem responses to climate extremes,” Nature, 527 (November 2015), 315–316..

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

  • Two authors: Anja Rammig and Miguel D. Mahecha, “Ecology: Ecosystem responses to climate extremes,” Nature, 527 (November 2015), 315–316.
  • Three authors: Jeremy S. Dasen, Jeh-Ping Liu and Thomas M. Jessell, “Motor neuron columnar fate imposed by sequential phases of Hox-c activity,” Nature, 425 (October 2003), 926–933.
  • Four or more authors: Michelle Y. Cheng, Clayton M. Bullock, Chuanyu Li, Alex G. Lee, Jason C. Bermak, James Belluzzi, David R. Weaver, Frances M. Leslie and Qun-Yong Zhou, “Prokineticin 2 transmits the behavioural circadian rhythm of the suprachiasmatic nucleus,” Nature, 417 (May 2002), 405–410.

About the journal

Full journal titleComparative Politics
AbbreviationComp. Polit.
ISSN (print)0010-4159
ScopeSociology and Political Science

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