How to format your references using the International Journal of Lexicography citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Lexicography (IJL). 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
Macilwain, C. 2010. ‘World View: What Can Little Europe Do?’ Nature 464.7287: 349.
A journal article with 2 authors
Williamson, R. and R. Duncan. 2002. ‘DNA Testing for All’. Nature 418.6898: 585–586.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chabre, M., R. Cone and H. Saibil. 2003. ‘Biophysics: Is Rhodopsin Dimeric in Native Retinal Rods?’ Nature 426.6962: 30–1; discussion 31.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Molkenthin, N., K. Rehfeld, N. Marwan and J. Kurths. 2014. ‘Networks from Flows--from Dynamics to Topology’. Scientific reports 4: 4119.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Daries, H. 2012. Nutrition for Sport and Exercise. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.,.
An edited book
Berstein, L. M. and R. J. Santen (eds). 2008. Innovative Endocrinology of Cancer. . Vol. 630. (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Till, H., J.-U. Stolzenburg and U. Waldschmidt. 2011. ‘Paediatric Urology’. In Stolzenburg, J.-U., I. A. Türk and E. N. Liatsikos (eds), Laparoscopic and Robot-Assisted Surgery in Urology: Atlas of Standard Procedures. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 349–362.

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 Lexicography.

Blog post
Luntz, S. 2014. Physicists Have A New Theory On How The Egyptians Built The Pyramids. IFLScience. IFLScience. (30 October, 2018).


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. 1996. Economic Espionage: Information on Threat From U.S. Allies. 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
Brooks, C. E. 2010. Action research: Interventions for helping leaders use groups to affect conflict between workforce generations. Phoenix, AZ: University of Phoenix Doctoral dissertation.

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
Kishkovsky, S. 2005. ‘New Yorkers in Moscow Follow Stanislavsky’s Path’. New York Times.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Macilwain 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Macilwain 2010, Williamson and Duncan 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Williamson and Duncan 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Molkenthin … Kurths 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Lexicography
ISSN (print)0950-3846
ISSN (online)1477-4577
ScopeLanguage and Linguistics

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