How to format your references using the Contemporary British History citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Contemporary British History. 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
Jones, Craig H. “Geophysics. How Faults Accommodate Plate Motion.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 300, no. 5622 (May 16, 2003): 1105–6.
A journal article with 2 authors
Laage, Damien, and James T. Hynes. “A Molecular Jump Mechanism of Water Reorientation.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 311, no. 5762 (February 10, 2006): 832–35.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schröder, Gunnar F., Michael Levitt, and Axel T. Brunger. “Super-Resolution Biomolecular Crystallography with Low-Resolution Data.” Nature 464, no. 7292 (April 22, 2010): 1218–22.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Lei, Yu, Zheng-Hong Huang, Ying Yang, Wanci Shen, Yongping Zheng, Hongyu Sun, and Feiyu Kang. “Porous Mesocarbon Microbeads with Graphitic Shells: Constructing a High-Rate, High-Capacity Cathode for Hybrid Supercapacitor.” Scientific Reports 3 (2013): 2477.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Padova, Ted, and Kelly L. Murdock. Adobe® Creative Suite® 5 Bible. Indianapolis, IN, USA: Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2010.
An edited book
Astola, Jaakko T. Fundamentals of Switching Theory and Logic Design: A Hands on Approach. Edited by Radomir S. Stanković. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
Rim, Kwan. “Paradigm Shift and Challenges for Korean Industry: Case Study of Samsung.” In Innovation and Technology in Korea: Challenges of a Newly Advanced Economy, edited by Jörg C. Mahlich and Werner Pascha, 59–70. Heidelberg: Physica-Verlag HD, 2007.

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 Contemporary British History.

Blog post
Hale, Tom. “This Giant Black Slug Is Almost As Big As Your Arm.” IFLScience. IFLScience, September 1, 2016.


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. “Need for Additional Bilingual Education Teachers and the Availability of Training Programs To Prepare Them for Classroom Service.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, May 31, 1974.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Beck, Jordan. “An Inquiry into Theory Use in HCI Research.” Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, 2017.

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
(nyt), Sophia Kishkovsky. “World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Top Chechen Reported Killed.” New York Times, April 26, 2002.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text

About the journal

Full journal titleContemporary British History
AbbreviationContemp. Br. Hist.
ISSN (print)1361-9462
ISSN (online)1743-7997
Safety Research
Cultural Studies
Political Science and International Relations

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