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
Morris, Mark (2006) “Astronomy. Galactic Prominences on the Rise,” 314 Science (New York, N.Y.) 70–71.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kouwenhoven, L. P., & L. C. Venema (2000) “Heat Flow through Nanobridges,” 404 Nature 943–44.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hinde, Camilla A., et al. (2010) “Parent-Offspring Conflict and Coadaptation,” 327 Science (New York, N.Y.) 1373–76.
A journal article with 3 or more authors
Bond, Howard E., et al. (2003) “An Energetic Stellar Outburst Accompanied by Circumstellar Light Echoes,” 422 Nature 405–8.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Malcolm, David (2012) The British and Irish Short Story Handbook. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Löffler, Jobst, & Markus Klann, eds. (2009) Mobile Response: Second International Workshop on Mobile Information Technology for Emergency Response, MobileResponse 2008. Bonn, Germany, May 29-30, 2008, Revised Selected Papers. 5424 Lecture Notes in Computer Science Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Akgün, Mete, et al. (2008) “New Results on the Key Scheduling Algorithm of RC4,” in D. R. Chowdhury et al., eds., Progress in Cryptology - INDOCRYPT 2008: 9th International Conference on Cryptology in India, Kharagpur, India, December 14-17, 2008. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 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 Law & Society Review.

Blog post
Luntz, Stephen (2015) “Hubble Spots Lonely Galaxy Lost In Space,” 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 (1979) Overpayment of Title I Funds at the Richmond City Public School System During FY 1978. 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
Hendricks-Harris, Mary Therese (2012) “Quality Induction: The Effects of Comprehensive Induction on New Teacher Retention and Job Satisfaction,” Doctoral dissertation, St. Charles, MO: Lindenwood 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
Sisario, Ben (2017) “Shania Twain Returns To Top of Album Chart,” New York Times, Oct.9, p. C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Morris 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Kouwenhoven & Venema 2000; Morris 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Kouwenhoven & Venema 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Bond et al. 2003)

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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