How to format your references using the Journal of Social Philosophy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Social Philosophy. 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
Goldston, David. 2007. “Making room for dissent.” Nature no. 7153448: 524.
A journal article with 2 authors
Suzuki, Yuichiro and Nijhout, H Frederik. 2006. “Evolution of a polyphenism by genetic accommodation.” Science (New York, N.Y.) no. 5761311: 650–2.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gu, Chen; Jan, Yuh Nung and Jan, Lily Yeh. 2003. “A conserved domain in axonal targeting of Kv1 (Shaker) voltage-gated potassium channels.” Science (New York, N.Y.) no. 5633301: 646–9.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Erbacher, J et al. 2001. “Increased thermohaline stratification as a possible cause for an ocean anoxic event in the Cretaceous period.” Nature no. 6818409: 325–7.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Joseph, Ciby. 2013. Advanced Credit Risk Analysis and Management. Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Fujii, Satoshi ed. 2015. Beyond Global Capitalism. Tokyo: Springer Japan.
A chapter in an edited book
Tornyai, Roland and Kertesz, Attila. 2014. “Towards Autonomous Data Sharing Across Personal Clouds.” In Euro-Par 2014: Parallel Processing Workshops: Euro-Par 2014 International Workshops, Porto, Portugal, August 25-26, 2014, Revised Selected Papers, Part II Lecture Notes in Computer Science ed. Luís Lopes et al., 50–61. 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 Social Philosophy.

Blog post
Andrews, Robin. 2015. Why Are Cats So Insanely Afraid Of Cucumbers? IFLScience, Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. 2001. School Vouchers: Publicly Funded Programs in Cleveland and Milwaukee. 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
Aldridge, Kacee N. 2015. “The Impact of Improved Teachers’ Classroom Management and Cultural Responsiveness on Student Behavior.” Doctoral dissertation, Edwardsville, IL: Southern Illinois 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
Crow, Kelly. 2004. “Sailing On.” 10/03/2004.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Social Philosophy
AbbreviationJ. Soc. Philos.
ISSN (print)0047-2786
ISSN (online)1467-9833

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