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
Zerhouni, E. A. (2004) Information access. NIH public access policy. Science (New York, N.Y.) 306(5703): 1895.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kaminski, T., and Heimann, M. (2001) Inverse modeling of atmospheric carbon dioxide fluxes. Science (New York, N.Y.) 294(5541): 259.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chuck, A. L., Turner, S. M., and Liss, P. S. (2002) Direct evidence for a marine source of C1 and C2 alkyl nitrates. Science (New York, N.Y.) 297(5584): 1151–1154.
A journal article with 20 or more authors
Kulkarni, A., Kim, B., Dugasani, S. R., Joshirao, P., Kim, J. A., Vyas, C., Manchanda, V., Kim, T., and Park, S. H. (2013) A novel nanometric DNA thin film as a sensor for alpha radiation. Scientific reports 3: 2062.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tannenbaum, L. V. (2013) Alternative Ecological Risk Assessment. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Sivalingam, K. M., and Subramaniam, S. (Eds.) (2005) Emerging Optical Network Technologies: Architectures, Protocols and Performance. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Haddad, P., Gregory, M., and Wickramasinghe, N. (2014) Business Value of IT in Healthcare. In Wickramasinghe, N., Al-Hakim, L., Gonzalez, C., and Tan, J. (Eds.), Lean Thinking for Healthcare. New York, NY: 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
Taub, B. (2016, July 22) Scientists Have Found The Source Of Emotional Resilience In The Brain. 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) Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Airport and Airway Trust Fund Excise Taxes (No. GAO-01-384R). 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
Taaz, Z. (2017) Boiler automation and monitoring of temperature and steam flow using Simulink (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Schwartz, J. (2016, November 21) Exxon’s Unlikely Enemy. New York Times: D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Zerhouni, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Kaminski and Heimann, 2001; Zerhouni, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Kaminski and Heimann, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Kulkarni 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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