How to format your references using the Korean Social Science Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Korean Social Science Journal. 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
Spurgeon, D. (2002). Drawing back the talent: Canada. Nature, 415(6873), 4–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lee, J.-W., & Helmann, J. D. (2006). The PerR transcription factor senses H2O2 by metal-catalysed histidine oxidation. Nature, 440(7082), 363–367.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pluth, M. D., Bergman, R. G., & Raymond, K. N. (2007). Acid catalysis in basic solution: a supramolecular host promotes orthoformate hydrolysis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5821), 85–88.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Dornan, D., Wertz, I., Shimizu, H., Arnott, D., Frantz, G. D., Dowd, P., et al. (2004). The ubiquitin ligase COP1 is a critical negative regulator of p53. Nature, 429(6987), 86–92.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dayton, G. (2014). Trade Mindfully. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Xin, X. (2014). Control Design and Analysis for Underactuated Robotic Systems. (Y. Liu, Ed.). London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Pepi, M., & Tamborini, G. (2012). Three-Dimensional Echocardiography. In A. Sarti & F. L. Lorini (Eds.), Echocardiography for Intensivists (pp. 61–72). Milano: 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 Korean Social Science Journal.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, January 28). Trouble strikes China’s lunar rover, Yutu. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1991). Department of Education GMR (No. B-241690). 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
Boyle, L. L. (2014). Relationship between managerial responsiveness, managerial approachability, and prosocial voice among acute-care registered nurses (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Eligon, J. (2017, January 7). T. I. Writes Letters to Obama and Trump. New York Times, p. C3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Spurgeon 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Lee and Helmann 2006; Spurgeon 2002).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Lee and Helmann 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Dornan et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleKorean Social Science Journal
AbbreviationKorean Soc. Sci. J.
ISSN (print)1225-0368
ISSN (online)2196-4424

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