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
Guessoum, N. (2013) Astrophysics: Time for an Arab astronomy renaissance. Nature 498(7453): 161–164.
A journal article with 2 authors
Eliades, S. J., and Wang, X. (2008) Neural substrates of vocalization feedback monitoring in primate auditory cortex. Nature 453(7198): 1102–1106.
A journal article with 3 authors
Durham, W. M., Kessler, J. O., and Stocker, R. (2009) Disruption of vertical motility by shear triggers formation of thin phytoplankton layers. Science (New York, N.Y.) 323(5917): 1067–1070.
A journal article with 20 or more authors
Diaz-Herraiz, M., Jurado, V., Cuezva, S., Laiz, L., Pallecchi, P., Tiano, P., Sanchez-Moral, S., and Saiz-Jimenez, C. (2014) Deterioration of an Etruscan tomb by bacteria from the order Rhizobiales. Scientific reports 4: 3610.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gray, D. F., and Malone, S. W. (2008) Macrofinancial Risk Analysis. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Tkacz, E., and Kapczynski, A. (Eds.) (2009) Internet – Technical Development and Applications. (Vol. 64). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bachmeier, A., Siritanaratkul, B., and Armstrong, F. A. (2015) Enzymes as Exploratory Catalysts in Artificial Photosynthesis. In Rozhkova, E. A. and Ariga, K. (Eds.), From Molecules to Materials: Pathways to Artificial Photosynthesis. 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
Andrew, E. (2014, March 5) 13-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Scientist to Achieve Nuclear Fusion. 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 (1998) Air Force Aircraft: Reorganizing Mobility Aircraft Units Could Reduce Costs (No. NSIAD-98-55). 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
Rodgers, R. (2017) Phylogenomic Analysis of Fundulidae Using RNA-Sequencing Data (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Kelly, C. (2007, November 18) Making College a Reality For Hispanic Students. New York Times: 14WE6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Guessoum, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Eliades and Wang, 2008; Guessoum, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Eliades and Wang, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Diaz-Herraiz et al., 2014)

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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