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
Hogg, Paul J. 2006. Composites in armor. Science (New York, N.Y.) 314: 1100–1101.
A journal article with 2 authors
Magurran, Anne E., and Peter A. Henderson. 2003. Explaining the excess of rare species in natural species abundance distributions. Nature 422: 714–716.
A journal article with 3 authors
Boulé, Jean-Baptiste, Leticia R. Vega, and Virginia A. Zakian. 2005. The yeast Pif1p helicase removes telomerase from telomeric DNA. Nature 438: 57–61.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Cole, Matthew T., Kenneth B. K. Teo, Oliver Groening, Laurent Gangloff, Pierre Legagneux, and William I. Milne. 2014. Deterministic cold cathode electron emission from carbon nanofibre arrays. Scientific reports 4: 4840.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Heller, Dana. 2011. Hairspray. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Vellema, Sietze, ed. 2011. Transformation and sustainability in agriculture: Connecting practice with social theory. Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
A chapter in an edited book
Yan, Lin, Yao Guo, and Xiangqun Chen. 2015. SplitDroid: Isolated Execution of Sensitive Components for Mobile Applications. In Security and Privacy in Communication Networks: 11th EAI International Conference, SecureComm 2015, Dallas, TX, USA, October 26-29, 2015, Proceedings, ed. Bhavani Thuraisingham, Xiaofeng Wang, and Vinod Yegneswaran, 78–96. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering. 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
Taub, Ben. 2016. Ketamine Metabolite Reduces Depression Without Any “Druggy” Side-Effects. IFLScience. IFLScience. May 12.


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. 2015. Women in STEM Research: Federal Agencies Differ in the Data They Collect on Grant Applicants. GAO-15-291R. 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
Lin, Hsuan-Chih. 2013. Depression screening in ambulatory care. 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
Hubbard, Ben, and Michael R. Gordon. 2017. U.S. War Footprint Grows, With No Endgame in Sight. New York Times, March 30.

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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