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 (Int J Semiot Law). 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
McFadden, Phil. 2002. Tech.Sight. Biosensors. Broadband biodetection: Holmes on a chip. Science (New York, N.Y.) 297: 2075–2076.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schiermeier, Quirin, and Regina Wegner. 2002. Foreign researchers turn their backs on Germany. Nature 415: 945.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jordan, Stephen P., Keith S. M. Lee, and John Preskill. 2012. Quantum algorithms for quantum field theories. Science (New York, N.Y.) 336: 1130–1133.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Zhou, K-G, K. S. Vasu, C. T. Cherian, M. Neek-Amal, J. C. Zhang, H. Ghorbanfekr-Kalashami, K. Huang, et al. 2018. Electrically controlled water permeation through graphene oxide membranes. Nature 559: 236–240.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kelsey, Jeffrey E., D. Jeffrey Newport, and Charles B. Nemeroff. 2006. Principles of Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lee, Sang-Goo, Zhiyong Peng, Xiaofang Zhou, Yang-Sae Moon, Rainer Unland, and Jaesoo Yoo, ed. 2012. Database Systems for Advanced Applications: 17th International Conference, DASFAA 2012, Busan, South Korea, April 15-19, 2012, Proceedings, Part I. Vol. 7238. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Correa, Carlos. 2014. The Impact of the Economic Partnership Agreements on WTO Law. In EU Bilateral Trade Agreements and Intellectual Property: For Better or Worse?, ed. Josef Drexl, Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan, and Souheir Nadde-Phlix, 87–108. MPI Studies on Intellectual Property and Competition Law. 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 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, Jonathan. 2015. Buzz Aldrin Wants Us To Colonize Mars by 2039. IFLScience. IFLScience. August 28.


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. 1984. OMB Needs To More Fully Consider Government-Wide Implications in Its Telecommunications Initiatives. IMTEC-84-21. 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
Bearden, Brenda Ann. 2008. Followership as perceived by leaders in a multidisciplinary healthcare organization. Doctoral dissertation, Phoenix, AZ: University of Phoenix.

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
Murphy, Sophia. 2005. Feeding More for Less in Niger. New York Times, August 19.

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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