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
Widder, E. A. (2010). Bioluminescence in the ocean: origins of biological, chemical, and ecological diversity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5979), 704–708.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zanetti, M., & Mahadevan, N. R. (2012). Cancer. Immune surveillance from chromosomal chaos? Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6102), 1616–1617.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cram, D. S., Song, B., & Trounson, A. O. (2007). Genotyping of Rhesus SCNT pluripotent stem cell lines. Nature, 450(7169), E12-4.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tchernichovski, O., Mitra, P. P., Lints, T., & Nottebohm, F. (2001). Dynamics of the vocal imitation process: how a zebra finch learns its song. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5513), 2564–2569.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Evans, A. J. (2014). Markets for Managers. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Pedrycz, W., & Chen, S.-M. (Eds.). (2013). Time Series Analysis, Modeling and Applications: A Computational Intelligence Perspective (Vol. 47). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Awrejcewicz, J. (2009). Thermoelastic Contact of Two Moving Layers with Friction and Wear. In J. Awrejcewicz (Ed.), Nonsmooth Dynamics of Contacting Thermoelastic Bodies (pp. 1–15). 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
Felton, J. (2017, May 17). If You’re Sleepy Strangers Will Find You Unattractive, Study Confirms. 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. (1990). Forest Service Not Ready to Acquire a Nationwide Geographic Information System (T-IMTEC-90-10). 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
James, M. (2014). Numerical Study of Plateau-Rayleigh Instability [Doctoral dissertation]. Southern Illinois 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
Rothenberg, B. (2017, January 17). Young Stars Climb Rankings, Jolting Russia’s Dormant Men’s Game to Life. 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 (Widder, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Widder, 2010; Zanetti & Mahadevan, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Zanetti & Mahadevan, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Cram et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Tchernichovski et al., 2001)

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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