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
Burns, Carol J. 2005. Chemistry. Bridging a gap in actinide chemistry. Science (New York, N.Y.) 309: 1823–1824.
A journal article with 2 authors
Redman, Christopher W., and Ian L. Sargent. 2005. Latest advances in understanding preeclampsia. Science (New York, N.Y.) 308: 1592–1594.
A journal article with 3 authors
Smith, Catherine E., Bertrand Llorente, and Lorraine S. Symington. 2007. Template switching during break-induced replication. Nature 447: 102–105.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Zhao, Zhonglong, Kuo Bao, Da Li, Defang Duan, Fubo Tian, Xilian Jin, Changbo Chen, Xiaoli Huang, Bingbing Liu, and Tian Cui. 2014. Nitrogen concentration driving the hardness of rhenium nitrides. Scientific reports 4: 4797.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hines, Marcus. 2015. Marketing implant dentistry. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Dudek, Serena M., ed. 2008. Transcriptional Regulation by Neuronal Activity: To the Nucleus and Back. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Tabbush, Paul, Pia Frederiksen, and David Edwards. 2008. Impact Assessment in the European Commission in relation to Multifunctional Land Use. In Sustainability Impact Assessment of Land Use Changes, ed. Katharina Helming, Marta Pérez-Soba, and Paul Tabbush, 35–54. 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 Journal of Chinese Political Science.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2015. Watch What Happens When You Dissolve An Antacid In Space. IFLScience. IFLScience. July 29.


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. 1977. Office of Education’s Basic Grant Program Can Be Improved. HRD-77-91. 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
Williams, Caroline. 2013. It’s not a beauty pageant!: An examination of leadership development through Alaska native pageants. Doctoral dissertation, Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona.

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
Billard, Mary. 2016. The View From the Back Row. New York Times, February 4.

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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