How to format your references using the Law, Culture and the Humanities citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Law, Culture and the Humanities. 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
E. A. Grove,
‘Neuroscience. Organizing the source of memory’, Science (New York, N.Y.), 319, 2008, 288–289.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. J. Murphy and P. Melchiorre,
‘Organic chemistry: Light opens pathways for nickel catalysis’, Nature, 524, 2015, 297–298.
A journal article with 3 authors
Y. Bar-Yam, D. Harmon and B. de Bivort,
‘Systems biology. Attractors and democratic dynamics’, Science (New York, N.Y.), 323, 2009, 1016–1017.
A journal article with 31 or more authors
B. Philippa, M. Stolterfoht, P. L. Burn, G. Juška, P. Meredith, R. D. White and A. Pivrikas,
‘The impact of hot charge carrier mobility on photocurrent losses in polymer-based solar cells’, Scientific Reports, 4, 2014, 5695.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
H. Bannwarth,
Liquid Ring Vacuum Pumps, Compressors and Systems (Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA: Weinheim, FRG, 2005).
An edited book
K. V. Pochiraju, G. P. Tandon and G. A. Schoeppner (eds.),
Long-Term Durability of Polymeric Matrix Composites (Springer US: Boston, MA, 2012), p. X, 677 p.
A chapter in an edited book
A. P. Lobo and J. J. Salvo,
‘Quality of Age Data at the PUMA Level in the 3-Year Estimates from the American Community Survey’, in N. Hoque and D. A. Swanson (eds), Opportunities and Challenges for Applied Demography in the 21st Century (Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2012), pp. 27–47.

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, Culture and the Humanities.

Blog post
E. Andrew,
Why Do Bats Transmit So Many Diseases?, IFLScience, 2014.


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,
Mass Transit: FTA Could Relieve New Starts Program Funding Constraints (U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2001).

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
T. M. Morissette,
Elder friendliness and social participation of older adults living within age-segregated retirement communities (Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2009).

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
P. Savodnik,
‘If They Build It, Will The Kardashians Come?’, New York Times, 2013, MM32.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text

About the journal

Full journal titleLaw, Culture and the Humanities
ISSN (print)1743-8721
ISSN (online)1743-9752

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