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
Poffenroth, Mary. “My Liberation through Science.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 347, no. 6217 (January 2, 2015): 98.
A journal article with 2 authors
Prawer, Steven, and Andrew D. Greentree. “Applied Physics. Diamond for Quantum Computing.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 320, no. 5883 (June 20, 2008): 1601–2.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gizon, L., T. L. Duvall, and J. Schou. “Wave-like Properties of Solar Supergranulation.” Nature 421, no. 6918 (January 2, 2003): 43–44.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Ozawa, Shinzaburo, Makoto Murakami, Masaru Kaidzu, Takashi Tada, Takeshi Sagiya, Yuki Hatanaka, Hiroshi Yarai, and Takuya Nishimura. “Detection and Monitoring of Ongoing Aseismic Slip in the Tokai Region, Central Japan.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 298, no. 5595 (November 1, 2002): 1009–12.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Li, Flora M., Arokia Nathan, Yiliang Wu, and Beng S. Ong. Organic Thin Film Transistor Integration. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2011.
An edited book
Luks, Andrew M. Introduction to Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing. Edited by Robb W. Glenny and H. Thomas Robertson. New York, NY: Springer, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Moll, Christian K. E., Sebastian Payer, Alessandro Gulberti, Andrew Sharrott, Simone Zittel, Kai Boelmans, Johannes Köppen, et al. “STN Stimulation in General Anaesthesia: Evidence Beyond ‘Evidence-Based Medicine.’” In Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, edited by Guido Nikkhah and Marcus Pinsker, 19–25. Vienna: Springer, 2013.

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
Andrews, Robin. “Scientists Are Going To March On Washington.” IFLScience. IFLScience, January 27, 2017.


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. “District of Columbia Draft Emergency Supplemental Funding Request for District of Columbia Public Schools.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, May 5, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Novak, Timothy S. “Vital Signs of U.S. Osteopathic Medical Residency Programs Pivoting to Single Accreditation Standards.” Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 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
Koblin, John. “Some Live Colbert Shows Planned After Debates.” New York Times, August 10, 2016.

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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