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
Smaglik, P. (2004) Starting the brain gain. Nature 427(6971): 267.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ding, B., and Seeman, N. C. (2006) Operation of a DNA robot arm inserted into a 2D DNA crystalline substrate. Science (New York, N.Y.) 314(5805): 1583–1585.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cherry, J. L., Adler, F. R., and Johnson, K. P. (2002) Islands, equilibria, and speciation. Science (New York, N.Y.) 296(5570): 975.
A journal article with 20 or more authors
Wang, F., Cheng, K., Wei, X., Qin, H., Chen, R., Liu, J., and Zou, H. (2013) A six-plex proteome quantification strategy reveals the dynamics of protein turnover. Scientific reports 3: 1827.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Loveland, W. D., Morrissey, D. J., and Seaborg, G. T. (2005) Modern Nuclear Chemistry. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kida, S. (Ed.) (2006) IUTAM Symposium on Elementary Vortices and Coherent Structures: Significance in Turbulence Dynamics: Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium held at Kyoto International Community House, Kyoto, Japan, 26-28 October 2004. (Vol. 79). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Miettinen, M., Kulovesi, J., Kalmari, J., and Visala, A. (2010) New Measurement Concept for Forest Harvester Head. In Howard, A., Iagnemma, K., and Kelly, A. (Eds.), Field and Service Robotics: Results of the 7th International Conference. 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. (2016, June 5) The ‘Houdini’ Honey Badger … And Other Surprisingly Clever Animals. 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 (2001) Telecommunications: Characteristics and Choices of Internet Users (No. GAO-01-345). 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
Johnson, L. (2010) A cross-cultural examination of the needs and behaviors of female caregivers of cancer patients at the end of life: A theoretical elaboration (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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, F. (1985, October 13) MEMORIAL MUSEUM TO HONOR STATE POLICE. New York Times: 11NJ6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Ding and Seeman, 2006; Smaglik, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Ding and Seeman, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al., 2013)

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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