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
Samardzija, M. R. (2007) Science and law. The obvious war. Science (New York, N.Y.) 315(5809): 190–191.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tulaczyk, S., and Hossainzadeh, S. (2011) Geochemistry. Antarctica’s deep frozen ‘lakes’. Science (New York, N.Y.) 331(6024): 1524–1525.
A journal article with 3 authors
Eilken, H. M., Nishikawa, S.-I., and Schroeder, T. (2009) Continuous single-cell imaging of blood generation from haemogenic endothelium. Nature 457(7231): 896–900.
A journal article with 20 or more authors
de Vries, W., Solberg, S., Dobbertin, M., Sterba, H., Laubhahn, D., Reinds, G. J., Nabuurs, G.-J., Gundersen, P., and Sutton, M. A. (2008) Ecologically implausible carbon response? Nature 451(7180): E1-3; discussion E3-4.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Belfiore, L. A. (2010) Physical Properties of Macromolecules. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Gao, L. (2015) Delay Tolerant Networks. (Yu, S., Luan, T. H., and Zhou, W., Eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Abdi, A. A. (2013) Engaging Africanist Philosophies and Epistemologies in Education for Social Development. In Shultz, L. and Kajner, T. (Eds.), Engaged Scholarship: The Politics of Engagement and Disengagement. Rotterdam: SensePublishers.

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
Hale, T. (2016, November 10) Sailors Find Millions Of Dollars Worth Of ‘Sperm Whale Puke’. 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) Aircraft Maintenance: Air Force Transferred and Eliminated Tasks to Address Funding Shortfalls (No. NSIAD-90-114). 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
White, B. D. (2015) Implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support at the High School Level (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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, August 16) Yankees Ride Out Chapman’s Latest Turbulence and Rebuff the Mets Again. New York Times: B11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Samardzija, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Samardzija, 2007; Tulaczyk and Hossainzadeh, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Tulaczyk and Hossainzadeh, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (de Vries et al., 2008)

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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