How to format your references using the Law & Society Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Law & Society Review. 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
Macilwain, C. (2000) “Charm, Not Tact, Aided Pioneer in Fight for Physics,” 403 Nature 586–87.
A journal article with 2 authors
Duggavathi, Rajesha, & Bruce D. Murphy (2009) “Development. Ovulation Signals,” 324 Science (New York, N.Y.) 890–91.
A journal article with 3 authors
Misura, K. M., et al. (2000) “Three-Dimensional Structure of the Neuronal-Sec1-Syntaxin 1a Complex,” 404 Nature 355–62.
A journal article with 3 or more authors
Büttner, Torsten, et al. (2005) “A Stable Aminyl Radical Metal Complex,” 307 Science (New York, N.Y.) 235–38.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ji, Zhen-Gang (2017) Hydrodynamics and Water Quality. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Detyniecki, Marcin, et al., eds. (2013) Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval. Large-Scale Multimedia Retrieval and Evaluation: 9th International Workshop, AMR 2011, Barcelona, Spain, July 18-19, 2011, Revised Selected Papers. 7836 Lecture Notes in Computer Science Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Castillo-Ramírez, Santiago, & Edward J. Feil (2013) “Covering All the Bases: The Promise of Genome-Wide Sequence Data for Large Population Samples of Bacteria,” in G. Trueba and C. Montúfar, eds., Evolution from the Galapagos: Two Centuries after Darwin. Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands New York, NY: 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 Law & Society Review.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise (2015) “Hubble’s Deep Field Images Of The Early Universe Are Postcards From Billions Of Years Ago,” 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 (2009) Teacher Quality: Survey Results of State Officials on Efforts to Coordinate Teacher Quality Initiatives (GAO-09-594SP, July 2009), an E-Supplement to GAO-09-593. 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
Kolasa, Artur (2014) “Essays on Firm Behavior in Developing Countries,” Doctoral dissertation, Washington, DC: George Washington 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
Dorman, John L. (2016) “Andrew F. Smith on New York City’s Food Heritage,” New York Times, Dec.1, p. TR2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Macilwain 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Duggavathi & Murphy 2009; Macilwain 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Duggavathi & Murphy 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Büttner et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleLaw & Society Review
AbbreviationLaw Soc. Rev.
ISSN (print)0023-9216
ISSN (online)1540-5893
Sociology and Political Science

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