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
Scholl, A. (2000) ANTIFERROMAGNETISM: Taking a Very Close Look at Magnetic Structures. Science (New York, N.Y.) 288(5472): 1762–1763.
A journal article with 2 authors
Colautti, R. I., and Barrett, S. C. H. (2013) Rapid adaptation to climate facilitates range expansion of an invasive plant. Science (New York, N.Y.) 342(6156): 364–366.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dean, R., Bonsall, M. B., and Pizzari, T. (2007) Evolution. Aging and sexual conflict. Science (New York, N.Y.) 316(5823): 383–384.
A journal article with 20 or more authors
Simon, A. F., Shih, C., Mack, A., and Benzer, S. (2003) Steroid control of longevity in Drosophila melanogaster. Science (New York, N.Y.) 299(5611): 1407–1410.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Thatcher, A. (2011) God, Sex, and Gender. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Sidharth, B. G., Honsell, F., and de Angelis, A. (Eds.) (2006) Frontiers of Fundamental Physics: Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium “Frontiers of Fundamental and Computational Physics”, Udine, Italy, 26–29 September 2004. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Osawa, T., and Julimantoro, S. (2010) Study of Fishery Ground Around Indonesia Archipelago Using Remote Sensing Data. In Sumi, A., Fukushi, K., and Hiramatsu, A. (Eds.), Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Climate Change. Tokyo: Springer Japan.

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
Andrew, E. (2014, September 24) Researchers Catch Octopus Cannibalism On Film. 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 (2000) Critical Infrastructure Protection: Comments on the Proposed Cyber Security Information Act of 2000 (No. T-AIMD-00-229). 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
Milner, M. (2009) An evaluation of the influence of case method instruction on the reflective thinking of MSW students (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, 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
Poniewozik, J. (2017, May 3) Heart of the Matter. New York Times: C7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Scholl, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Colautti and Barrett, 2013; Scholl, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Colautti and Barrett, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Simon et al., 2003)

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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