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
Snow, C. E. (2010). Academic language and the challenge of reading for learning about science. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5977), 450–452.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sirotin, Y. B., & Das, A. (2009). Anticipatory haemodynamic signals in sensory cortex not predicted by local neuronal activity. Nature, 457(7228), 475–479.
A journal article with 3 authors
Drinnenberg, I. A., Fink, G. R., & Bartel, D. P. (2011). Compatibility with killer explains the rise of RNAi-deficient fungi. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6049), 1592.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Najiminaini, M., Kaminska, B., St Lawrence, K., & Carson, J. J. L. (2014). Bolus tracking with nanofilter-based multispectral videography for capturing microvasculature hemodynamics. Scientific Reports, 4, 4737.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kaszeta, D. (2012). CBRN and Hazmat Incidents at Major Public Events. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hadfield, R. H., & Johansson, G. (Eds.). (2016). Superconducting Devices in Quantum Optics (1st ed. 2016). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Korthagen, F. (2005). Practice, Theory, and Person in Lifelong Professional Learning. In D. Beijaard, P. C. Meijer, G. Morine-Dershimer, & H. Tillema (Eds.), Teacher Professional Development in Changing Conditions (pp. 79–94). Springer Netherlands.

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
Carpineti, A. (2016, May 5). Pluto’s Interaction With The Solar Wind Is Completely Unique. 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. (1977). Status of the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (PSAD-77-23). 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
Austin, C. A. (2013). Intravenous Exposure of Pregnant Mice to Silver Nanoparticles: Silver Tissue Distribution and Effects in Maternal and Extra-Embryonic Tissues and Embryos [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington 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
Wagner, J. (2017, October 26). Astros Even It Up in Home Run Derby. New York Times, B9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Snow, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Sirotin & Das, 2009; Snow, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Sirotin & Das, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Drinnenberg et al., 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Najiminaini et al., 2014)

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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