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
Smith, Kerri (2010) “Treatment Frontiers,” 466 Nature S15-8.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mulligan, Sean J., & Brian A. MacVicar (2004) “Calcium Transients in Astrocyte Endfeet Cause Cerebrovascular Constrictions,” 431 Nature 195–99.
A journal article with 3 authors
Clauset, Aaron, et al. (2008) “Hierarchical Structure and the Prediction of Missing Links in Networks,” 453 Nature 98–101.
A journal article with 3 or more authors
Wang, Fangjun, et al. (2013) “A Six-Plex Proteome Quantification Strategy Reveals the Dynamics of Protein Turnover,” 3 Scientific reports 1827.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bunnell, Tim (2016) From World City to the World in One City. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Müller-Tomfelde, Christian, ed. (2010) Tabletops - Horizontal Interactive Displays. Human-Computer Interaction Series London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kang, Kejun (2012) “Research on High-Speed Railway Passenger Dedicated Service System Core Technologies,” in Y.-Q. Ni and X.-W. Ye, eds., Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on High-Speed and Intercity Railways: Volume 1. Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering 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 (2014) “New Evidence Suggests Tyrannosaurs Were Social Creatures,” 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 (1973) DOD’s Data Banks on Contractors’ Independent Research and Development Programs. 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
Pahuja, Surbhi (2013) “Bandwidth Feedback Effects on Retained Movements in Young and Old Adults,” Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
(nyt), Sophia Kishkovsky (2005) “Business Briefing | Russian Gas Monopoly Buys Newspaper,” New York Times, Jun.4, p. C2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smith 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Mulligan & MacVicar 2004; Smith 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Mulligan & MacVicar 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al. 2013)

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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