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
Eisenstein, M. (2006). Protein arrays: growing pains. Nature, 444(7121), 959–962.
A journal article with 2 authors
Grodzinsky, Y., & Nelken, I. (2014). Neuroscience. The neural code that makes us human. Science (New York, N.Y.), 343(6174), 978–979.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sahu, G., Sukumaran, S., & Bera, A. K. (2014). Pannexins form gap junctions with electrophysiological and pharmacological properties distinct from connexins. Scientific Reports, 4, 4955.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Bartels, C., Hock, C., Huwer, J., Kuhnen, R., Schwöbel, J., & von Issendorff, B. (2009). Probing the angular momentum character of the valence orbitals of free sodium nanoclusters. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5919), 1323–1327.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McGrath, A. E. (2011). Luther’s Theology of the Cross. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Guzzo, T. J., Drach, G. W., & Wein, A. J. (Eds.). (2016). Primer of Geriatric Urology (2nd ed. 2016). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
La Rosa, M., Fiannaca, A., Rizzo, R., & Urso, A. (2014). Genomic Sequence Classification Using Probabilistic Topic Modeling. In E. Formenti, R. Tagliaferri, & E. Wit (Eds.), Computational Intelligence Methods for Bioinformatics and Biostatistics: 10th International Meeting, CIBB 2013, Nice, France, June 20-22, 2013, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 49–61). Springer International Publishing.

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. (2016, July 15). Plant-Eating Dinosaur Success Was In The Jaws. 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. (1985). GAO’s Work Relating to the Job Training Partnership Act (No. 126832). 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
Medlej, M. (2017). Assessing the Probability of Prototyping Success in Systems Acquisitions (APOPS) [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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017, April 20). Behind the White Glasses. New York Times, C13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Eisenstein, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Eisenstein, 2006; Grodzinsky & Nelken, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Grodzinsky & Nelken, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Sahu et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Bartels 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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