How to format your references using the Journal of Chinese Political Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Chinese Political Science. 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
Mungiu-Pippidi, Alina. 2015. Corruption: Good governance powers innovation. Nature 518: 295–297.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hivon, Eric, and Marc Kamionkowski. 2002. Cosmology. A new window to the early universe. Science (New York, N.Y.) 298: 1349–1350.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yang, Xueming, Timothy K. Minton, and Dong Hui Zhang. 2012. Chemistry. Rethinking chemical reactions at hyperthermal energies. Science (New York, N.Y.) 336: 1650–1651.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Carrelha, Joana, Yiran Meng, Laura M. Kettyle, Tiago C. Luis, Ruggiero Norfo, Verónica Alcolea, Hanane Boukarabila, et al. 2018. Hierarchically related lineage-restricted fates of multipotent haematopoietic stem cells. Nature 554: 106–111.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schoukens, Johan, Rik Pintelon, and Yves Rolain. 2012. Mastering System Identification in 100 Exercises. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Van Assche, Kristof. 2015. Local Cosmopolitanism: Imagining and (Re-)Making Privileged Places. Edited by Petruța Teampău. SpringerBriefs in Geography. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Wong, Robina H. C., M. R. Jiao, and K. T. Chau. 2006. Numerical and Experimental Study on Progressive Failure of Marble. In Computational Earthquake Physics: Simulations, Analysis and Infrastructure, Part I, ed. Xiang-Chu Yin, Peter Mora, Andrea Donnellan, and Mitsuhiro Matsu’ura, 1787–1801. Pageoph Topical Volumes. Basel: Birkhäuser.

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 Journal of Chinese Political Science.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2015. Polar Invasion: How Plants And Animals Would Colonise An Ice-Free Antarctica. IFLScience. IFLScience. September 15.


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. 1999. Customs Service Modernization: Actions Needed to Correct Serious ACE Management and Technical Weaknesses. T-AIMD-99-141. 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
Krishna, Vijay. 2008. Exploring organizational commitment from an organizational perspective: Organizational learning as a determinant of affective commitment in Indian software firms. Doctoral dissertation, Washington, DC: 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
Saslow, Linda. 2005. At Museum Shops, Unusual Selections. New York Times, November 20.

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 titleJournal of Chinese Political Science
AbbreviationJ. Chin. Polit. Sci.
ISSN (print)1080-6954
ISSN (online)1874-6357
ScopeSociology and Political Science
Political Science and International Relations

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