How to format your references using the International Affairs Forum citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Affairs Forum. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Wade, N. (2009). Retrospective. John Maddox (1925-2009). Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5930), 1028.
A journal article with 2 authors
Moyle, L. C., & Nakazato, T. (2010). Hybrid incompatibility “snowballs” between Solanum species. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5998), 1521–1523.
A journal article with 3 authors
True, H. L., Berlin, I., & Lindquist, S. L. (2004). Epigenetic regulation of translation reveals hidden genetic variation to produce complex traits. Nature, 431(7005), 184–187.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Xu, X., Tan, Q., Wang, J., Zhao, X., & Tan, L. (2007). A gigantic bird-like dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of China. Nature, 447(7146), 844–847.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Archer, R. D. (2002). Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Duran, M., Höft, M., Medjahed, B., Lawson, D. B., & Orady, E. A. (Eds.). (2016). STEM Learning: IT Integration and Collaborative Strategies. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Pichler, F., & Cifrain, M. (2014). Application-Related Battery Modelling: From Empirical to Mechanistic Approaches. In A. Thaler & D. Watzenig (Eds.), Automotive Battery Technology (pp. 53–69). 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 International Affairs Forum.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2015, September 17). Amazing Video Shows Our Solar System To Scale Across Seven Miles Of Desert. 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. (2016). Federally Leased Vehicles: Agencies Should Strengthen Assessment Processes to Reduce Underutilized Vehicles (GAO-16-136). 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
Sokolov, C. K. (2017). Teacher Engagement In Grades 4-8 [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine University.

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
Qiu, L. (2017, April 12). On When They Met, and Those Vacancies. New York Times, A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wade, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Moyle & Nakazato, 2010; Wade, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Moyle & Nakazato, 2010)
  • Three authors: (True et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Xu et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Affairs Forum
AbbreviationInt. Aff. For.
ISSN (print)2325-8020
ISSN (online)2325-8047

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