How to format your references using the International Journal of Leadership in Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Leadership in Education. 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
Nabel, G. J. (2009). Philosophy of science. The coordinates of truth. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5949), 53–54.
A journal article with 2 authors
Canup, R. M., & Asphaug, E. (2001). Origin of the Moon in a giant impact near the end of the Earth’s formation. Nature, 412(6848), 708–712.
A journal article with 3 authors
Betschinger, J., Mechtler, K., & Knoblich, J. A. (2003). The Par complex directs asymmetric cell division by phosphorylating the cytoskeletal protein Lgl. Nature, 422(6929), 326–330.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Xu, J., Guo, Z., Zhang, J., Cui, L., Zhang, S., & Bai, Y. (2013). Single nucleotide polymorphisms in the mitochondrial displacement loop and age-at-onset of renal cell carcinoma. Scientific Reports, 3, 2408.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sailor, W. (2009). Making RTI Work. Jossey-Bass.
An edited book
Hunsinger, J., Klastrup, L., & Allen, M. (Eds.). (2010). International Handbook of Internet Research. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Gahtan, V., & Robinson, B. (2014). How to Read the Literature, Develop a Hypothesis, and Design an Experiment for Basic Science and Translational Research. In M. R. Kibbe & S. A. LeMaire (Eds.), Success in Academic Surgery: Basic Science (pp. 41–49). 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 of Leadership in Education.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2015, July 24). Surgeons Successfully Graft Hand Onto Patient’s Leg And Keep It Alive For A Month. 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. (1988). The Rise of Political Science (No. 137895). 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
Janice, J. (2017). Preschoolers’ Prosocial Responding to Social Others’ Distress [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Louisiana.

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
Cowen, T. (2015, November 6). Affordable, but Not That Egalitarian. New York Times, BU6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nabel, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Canup & Asphaug, 2001; Nabel, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Canup & Asphaug, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Betschinger et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Xu et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Leadership in Education
AbbreviationInt. J. Lead.. Educ.
ISSN (print)1360-3124
ISSN (online)1464-5092
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Strategy and Management

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