How to format your references using the Current Issues in Language Planning citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Issues in Language Planning. 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
Hartzell, H. C. (2007). Cell biology. The stress of relaxation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5843), 1331–1332.
A journal article with 2 authors
Johnson, P. A., & Jia, X. (2005). Nonlinear dynamics, granular media and dynamic earthquake triggering. Nature, 437(7060), 871–874.
A journal article with 3 authors
Guilbaud, R., Butler, I. B., & Ellam, R. M. (2011). Abiotic pyrite formation produces a large Fe isotope fractionation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6037), 1548–1551.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Stubbs, J., Simpson, K. M., Triglia, T., Plouffe, D., Tonkin, C. J., Duraisingh, M. T., Maier, A. G., Winzeler, E. A., & Cowman, A. F. (2005). Molecular mechanism for switching of P. falciparum invasion pathways into human erythrocytes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5739), 1384–1387.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lehman, R., & McMillan, L. G. (2011). Options for Volatile Markets. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Zalevsky, Z. (Ed.). (2011). Super-Resolved Imaging: Geometrical and Diffraction Approaches (1st ed.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kemp, R., Palmer, N., Kielmann, T., & Bal, H. (2012). Energy Efficient Information Monitoring Applications on Smartphones through Communication Offloading. In J. Y. Zhang, J. Wilkiewicz, & A. Nahapetian (Eds.), Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services: Third International Conference, MobiCASE 2011, Los Angeles, CA, USA, October 24-27, 2011. Revised Selected Papers (pp. 60–79). 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 Current Issues in Language Planning.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, November 12). Remains of Two Infants Discovered in Ice Age Burial Site. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1988). Financial Markets: Information on Computer Data Used for Stock Market Crash Studies (IMTEC-88-57). 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
Daly, K. M. (2008). Cinema 3.0: How digital and computer technologies are changing cinema [Doctoral dissertation]. Columbia University.

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
Hodara, S. (2015, February 1). A Master of Metallurgy. New York Times, WE10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hartzell, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Hartzell, 2007; Johnson & Jia, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Johnson & Jia, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Guilbaud et al., 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Stubbs et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleCurrent Issues in Language Planning
AbbreviationCurr. Issu. Lang. Plan.
ISSN (print)1466-4208
ISSN (online)1747-7506
ScopeLanguage and Linguistics
Linguistics and Language

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