How to format your references using the Lingua citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Lingua. 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
DeMello, A.J., 2006. Control and detection of chemical reactions in microfluidic systems. Nature 442, 394–402.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bossuyt, F., Milinkovitch, M.C., 2001. Amphibians as indicators of early tertiary “out-of-India” dispersal of vertebrates. Science 292, 93–95.
A journal article with 3 authors
Murakami, S., Nagaosa, N., Zhang, S.-C., 2003. Dissipationless quantum spin current at room temperature. Science 301, 1348–1351.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Li, J., Bursten, B.E., Liang, B., Andrews, L., 2002. Noble gas-actinide compounds: complexation of the CUO molecule by Ar, Kr, and Xe atoms in noble gas matrices. Science 295, 2242–2245.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fliszár, S., 2008. Atomic Charges, Bond Properties, and Molecular Energies. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Zhou, X., Yokota, H., Deng, K., Liu, Q. (Eds.), 2009. Database Systems for Advanced Applications: 14th International Conference, DASFAA 2009, Brisbane, Australia, April 21-23, 2009. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Castro, L.P., Fujiwara, H., Qian, T., Saitoh, S., 2014. How to Catch Smoothing Properties and Analyticity of Functions by Computers?, in: Pardalos, P.M., Rassias, T.M. (Eds.), Mathematics Without Boundaries: Surveys in Interdisciplinary Research. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 101–116.

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 Lingua.

Blog post
Fang, J., 2016. This Lacewing Bacterium Kills Only Males [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1998. Grant Programs: Design Features Shape Flexibility, Accountability, and Performance Information (No. GGD-98-137). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Maldonado, J.A., 2010. Searching for Confirmation (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Novick, S.M., 2014. A Summer Delight on a Split Bun. New York Times LI8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (DeMello, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Bossuyt and Milinkovitch, 2001; DeMello, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Bossuyt and Milinkovitch, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Li et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleLingua
ISSN (print)0024-3841
ScopeLanguage and Linguistics
Linguistics and Language

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