How to format your references using the International Political Sociology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Political Sociology. 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
Henrich, Joseph. (2014) Psychology. Rice, Psychology, and Innovation. Science (New York, N.Y.) 344: 593–594.
A journal article with 2 authors
Guillette, Louis J., Jr, and Taisen Iguchi. (2012) Ecology. Life in a Contaminated World. Science (New York, N.Y.) 337: 1614–1615.
A journal article with 3 authors
Boyce, Daniel G., Marlon R. Lewis, and Boris Worm. (2010) Global Phytoplankton Decline over the Past Century. Nature 466: 591–596.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tanatar, Makariy A., Johnpierre Paglione, Cedomir Petrovic, and Louis Taillefer. (2007) Anisotropic Violation of the Wiedemann-Franz Law at a Quantum Critical Point. Science (New York, N.Y.) 316: 1320–1322.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lyatkher, Victor M., and Alexander M. Proudovsky. (2016) Hydraulic Modeling. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Viens, Frederi, Jin Feng, Yaozhong Hu, and Eulalia Nualart, Eds. (2013) 34 Malliavin Calculus and Stochastic Analysis: A Festschrift in Honor of David Nualart. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Revaud, Jerome, Guillaume Lavoue, Yasuo Ariki, and Atilla Baskurt. (2011) Task-Specific Salience for Object Recognition. In Innovations in Intelligent Image Analysis, Studies in Computational Intelligence, edited by Halina Kwaśnicka and Lakhmi C. Jain. 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 Political Sociology.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. (2014) Meet The Next Generation of Waste-Free Food Packaging. 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. (2006) Internet Infrastructure: DHS Faces Challenges in Developing a Joint Public/Private Recovery Plan. 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
Roberts, Sharon. (2019) The Other Side of Adversity: Surviving a Destructive Leader Experience. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University.

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
Pilon, Mary. (2014) Jump in Prostitution Arrests in Super Bowl Week. New York Times: B16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Henrich 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Guillette and Iguchi 2012; Henrich 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Guillette and Iguchi 2012)
  • Three authors: (Boyce, Lewis, and Worm 2010)
  • 7 or more authors: (Tanatar, Paglione, Petrovic, and Taillefer 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Political Sociology
AbbreviationInt. Polit. Sociol.
ISSN (print)1749-5687
ScopeSociology and Political Science

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