How to format your references using the French Politics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for French Politics. 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
Sarnthein, M. (2011) Paleoclimate. Northern meltwater pulses, CO2, and changes in Atlantic convection. Science (New York, N.Y.) 331(6014): 156–158.
A journal article with 2 authors
Huang, Z., and Li, X. (2013) Origin of flaw-tolerance in nacre. Scientific reports 3: 1693.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chuang, S.-T., Kuo, Y.-H., and Su, M.-J. (2014) Antifibrotic effects of KS370G, a caffeamide derivative, in renal ischemia-reperfusion injured mice and renal tubular epithelial cells. Scientific reports 4: 5814.
A journal article with 20 or more authors
Floyd, K., Blanc, L., Raviglione, M., and Lee, J.-W. (2002) Resources required for global tuberculosis control. Science (New York, N.Y.) 295(5562): 2040–2041.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Reid, R., Fraser-King, G., and Schwaderer, W. D. (2006) Data Lifecycles. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Anantharamaiah, G. M., and Goldberg, D. (Eds.) (2015) Apolipoprotein Mimetics in the Management of Human Disease. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Wang, L., Guo, Y., Cao, X., Wu, G., and Shen, D. (2016) Consistent Multi-Atlas Hippocampus Segmentation for Longitudinal MR Brain Images with Temporal Sparse Representation. In Wu, G., Coupé, P., Zhan, Y., Munsell, B. C., and Rueckert, D. (Eds.), Patch-Based Techniques in Medical Imaging: Second International Workshop, Patch-MI 2016, Held in Conjunction with MICCAI 2016, Athens, Greece, October 17, 2016, Proceedings. Cham: 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 French Politics.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2016, June 15) Evidence For Explosive Volcanism On Mars May Rewrite Its Ancient History. 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 (1991) Telecommunications: 1991 Survey of Cable Television Rates and Services (No. T-RCED-91-82). 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
D’Ambrosio, J. L. (2013) Perspectives on the Geomorphic Evolution and Ecology of Modified Channels and Two-Stage Ditches in the Agriculturally-Dominated Midwestern United States (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Vecsey, G. (2010, May 23) When Goodell Learned That Life Is No Game. New York Times: SP5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sarnthein, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Huang and Li, 2013; Sarnthein, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Huang and Li, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Floyd et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrench Politics
AbbreviationFr. Polit.
ISSN (print)1476-3419
ISSN (online)1476-3427
ScopeSociology and Political Science
Political Science and International Relations

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