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
Lee, R. (2011). The outlook for population growth. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6042), 569–573.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wang, K., & Mittleman, D. M. (2004). Metal wires for terahertz wave guiding. Nature, 432(7015), 376–379.
A journal article with 3 authors
Harris, G. C., Wimmer, M., & Aston-Jones, G. (2005). A role for lateral hypothalamic orexin neurons in reward seeking. Nature, 437(7058), 556–559.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Maksymovych, P., Jesse, S., Yu, P., Ramesh, R., Baddorf, A. P., & Kalinin, S. V. (2009). Polarization control of electron tunneling into ferroelectric surfaces. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5933), 1421–1425.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Samuels, S. (2011). Reading the American Novel 1780-1865. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Bres, S., & Laurini, R. (Eds.). (2006). Visual Information and Information Systems: 8th International Conference, VISUAL 2005, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 5, 2005, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 3736). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Akbar, Z., Ivanova, V. N., & Berthold, M. R. (2012). Parallel Data Mining Revisited. Better, Not Faster. In J. Hollmén, F. Klawonn, & A. Tucker (Eds.), Advances in Intelligent Data Analysis XI: 11th International Symposium, IDA 2012, Helsinki, Finland, October 25-27, 2012. Proceedings (pp. 23–34). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Luntz, S. (2014, April 26). Deer Oh Deer – A Baby That Fits In the Palm Of Your Hand. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from–-baby-fits-palm-your-hand/


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. (1999). Air Traffic Control: FAA’s Modernization Investment Management Approach Could Be Strengthened (No. RCED/AIMD-99-88). Washington, DC: 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
Bottorff, E. A. (2011). The community college baccalaureate: A study of capital costs in Florida (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2008, March 4). Court Allows Suit Against Drug Maker. New York Times, p. A21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lee, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Lee, 2011; Wang & Mittleman, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Wang & Mittleman, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Harris, Wimmer, & Aston-Jones, 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Maksymovych et al., 2009)

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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