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
Melino, G. 2001. The Sirens’ song. Nature 412: 23.
A journal article with 2 authors
Quist, D., and I. H. Chapela. 2001. Transgenic DNA introgressed into traditional maize landraces in Oaxaca, Mexico. Nature 414: 541–543.
A journal article with 3 authors
He, Wanzhong, Pamela Cowin, and David L. Stokes. 2003. Untangling desmosomal knots with electron tomography. Science (New York, N.Y.) 302: 109–113.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Juhás, P., D. M. Cherba, P. M. Duxbury, W. F. Punch, and S. J. L. Billinge. 2006. Ab initio determination of solid-state nanostructure. Nature 440: 655–658.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Li, Richard Chi-Hsi. 2008. RF Circuit Design. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lewis, Rory. 2012. Beginning iOS Storyboarding with Xcode: Easily Design and Develop Your App, from Concept and Vision to Code. Edited by Yulia McCarthy and Stephen M. Moraco. Berkeley, CA: Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Sadiki, Amsini, W. Ahmadi, and Mouldi Chrigui. 2011. Toward the Impact of Fuel Evaporation-Combustion Interaction on Spray Combustion in Gas Turbine Combustion Chambers. Part II: Influence of High Combustion Temperature on Spray Droplet Evaporation. In Experiments and Numerical Simulations of Diluted Spray Turbulent Combustion: Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Turbulent Spray Combustion, ed. Bart Merci, Dirk Roekaerts, and Amsini Sadiki, 111–132. ERCOFTAC Series. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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
Fang, Janet. 2015. Why Do Snakes Have DNA For Limb Development? IFLScience. IFLScience. October 5.


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. 1978. Continuing Educational Programs for Scientists and Engineers. PSAD-78-75. 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
Watts, Kari S. 2008. The Effectiveness of a Social Story Intervention in Decreasing Disruptive Behavior in Autistic Children. Doctoral dissertation, Columbus, OH: Ohio State 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
Yee, Vivian, and Alison Leigh Cowan. 2013. Skakel Lawyer, In a TV Twist, Is Talk Fodder. New York Times, October 28.

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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