How to format your references using the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique. 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
Kerr, R. A. 2000. PLANETARY SCIENCE: Most-Common Meteorites Find a Home Among the Asteroids. Science (New York, N.Y.) 288: 1714–1715.
A journal article with 2 authors
Burke, Andrea, and Laura F. Robinson. 2012. The Southern Ocean’s role in carbon exchange during the last deglaciation. Science (New York, N.Y.) 335: 557–561.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sharon, E., G. Cohen, and J. Fineberg. 2001. Propagating solitary waves along a rapidly moving crack front. Nature 410: 68–71.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Burbano, Hernán A., Emily Hodges, Richard E. Green, Adrian W. Briggs, Johannes Krause, Matthias Meyer, Jeffrey M. Good, et al. 2010. Targeted investigation of the Neandertal genome by array-based sequence capture. Science (New York, N.Y.) 328: 723–725.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wilson, David. 2012. Visual Guide to Financial Markets. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Catalano, Dario. 2005. Contemporary Cryptology. Edited by Ronald Cramer, Giovanni Di Crescenzo, Ivan Darmgård, David Pointcheval, and Tsuyoshi Takagi. Advanced Courses in Mathematics - CRM Barcelona, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica. Basel: Birkhäuser.
A chapter in an edited book
Warrier, Sona B., and Prashant S. Kharkar. 2016. Inverse Virtual Screening in Drug Repositioning: Detailed Investigation and Case Studies. In Crystallizing Ideas – The Role of Chemistry, ed. Ponnadurai Ramasami, Minu Gupta Bhowon, Sabina Jhaumeer Laulloo, and Henri Li Kam Wah, 71–83. 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 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique.

Blog post
Andrews, Robin. 2016. Nearly 23,000 EU Citizens Die Every Year From Coal-Fired Power Plant Pollution. IFLScience. IFLScience. July 5.


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. 1981. Students Receiving Federal Aid Are Not Making Satisfactory Academic Progress: Tougher Standards Are Needed. HRD-82-15. 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
Liang, Mai. 2012. Information, communication and wayfinding: Technology shows us the world. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Novick, Susan M. 2015. Authentic Mexican Flavors for Summer. New York Times, June 14.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique
AbbreviationInt. J. Semiot. Law
ISSN (print)0952-8059
ISSN (online)1572-8722
ScopeLanguage and Linguistics

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