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
Jacobs, Madeleine. 2015. A career is like a love affair. Science (New York, N.Y.) 348: 150.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lynd, Lee R., and Jeremy Woods. 2011. Perspective: A new hope for Africa. Nature 474: S20-1.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gridi-Papp, M., A. S. Rand, and M. J. Ryan. 2006. Animal communication: complex call production in the túngara frog. Nature 441: 38.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Subramani, Arasukumar, Samer Alsidawi, Sajjeev Jagannathan, Kazutaka Sumita, Atsuo T. Sasaki, Bruce Aronow, Ronald E. Warnick, Sean Lawler, and James J. Driscoll. 2013. The brain microenvironment negatively regulates miRNA-768-3p to promote K-ras expression and lung cancer metastasis. Scientific reports 3: 2392.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fant, Karl M. 2005. Logically Determined Design. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Jakovác, Antal. 2016. Resummation and Renormalization in Effective Theories of Particle Physics. Edited by András Patkós. 1st ed. 2016. Vol. 912. Lecture Notes in Physics. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Evans, Neus, Michelle Lasen, and Komla Tsey. 2015. Discussion and Conclusion. In A Systematic Review of Rural Development Research: Characteristics, Design Quality and Engagement with Sustainability, ed. Michelle Lasen and Komla Tsey, 35–44. SpringerBriefs in Public Health. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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. 2016. The Amazing Things Poo Can Tell You About An Animal’s Health. IFLScience. IFLScience. June 4.


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. 2014. Highway Projects: Many Federal and State Environmental Review Requirements Are Similar, and Little Duplication of Effort Occurs. GAO-15-71. 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
Maddox, Callie Elizabeth. 2012. Postcolonial play: Encounters with sport and physical culture in contemporary India. Doctoral dissertation, College Park, MD: University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Feeney, Kelly. 2007. Beachfront Cafe. New York Times, September 9.

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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