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
van der Oost, J. (2013) Molecular biology. New tool for genome surgery. Science (New York, N.Y.) 339(6121): 768–770.
A journal article with 2 authors
Plaçais, P.-Y., and Preat, T. (2013) To favor survival under food shortage, the brain disables costly memory. Science (New York, N.Y.) 339(6118): 440–442.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zenisek, D., Steyer, J. A., and Almers, W. (2000) Transport, capture and exocytosis of single synaptic vesicles at active zones. Nature 406(6798): 849–854.
A journal article with 20 or more authors
Pfitzner, C., Schröder, I., Scheungraber, C., Dogan, A., Runnebaum, I. B., Dürst, M., and Häfner, N. (2014) Digital-Direct-RT-PCR: a sensitive and specific method for quantification of CTC in patients with cervical carcinoma. Scientific reports 4: 3970.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schneider, H. J. (2013) Wittgenstein’s Later Theory of Meaning. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
An edited book
Uckelmann, D., Scholz-Reiter, B., Rügge, I., Hong, B., and Rizzi, A. (Eds.) (2012) The Impact of Virtual, Remote, and Real Logistics Labs: First International Conference, ImViReLL 2012 Bremen, Germany, February 28 – March 1, 2012 Proceedings. (Vol. 282). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Lux, A., Mantel, H., and Perner, M. (2012) Scheduler-Independent Declassification. In Gibbons, J. and Nogueira, P. (Eds.), Mathematics of Program Construction: 11th International Conference, MPC 2012, Madrid, Spain, June 25-27, 2012. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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. (2015, March 25) Eight Hours Is Enough – More Sleep Could Lead To An Early Grave. 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 (2006) Mass Transit: Issues Related to Providing Dedicated Funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (No. GAO-06-516). 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
Magnus, J. V. (2017) Female Police Officers: The Influence of a Masculine Culture (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

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
Williams, J. (2016, December 21) A Comedian’s Embroidered Life. New York Times: C4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (van der Oost, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Plaçais and Preat, 2013; van der Oost, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Plaçais and Preat, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Pfitzner 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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