How to format your references using the Netherlands International Law Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Netherlands International Law 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.
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
Eggleston CM (2008) Geochemistry. Toward new uses for hematite. Science 320:184–185
A journal article with 2 authors
Lukacs-Kornek V, Turley SJ (2008) Immunology. Chaperone puts the brakes on. Science 322:1640–1641
A journal article with 3 authors
Shinde DB, Majumder M, Pillai VK (2014) Counter-ion dependent, longitudinal unzipping of multi-walled carbon nanotubes to highly conductive and transparent graphene nanoribbons. Sci Rep 4:4363
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Sun F, Wang R, Aku-Leh C, et al (2014) Double charge ordering states and spin ordering state observed in a RFe2O4 system. Sci Rep 4:6429

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sokhanvar S, Dargahi J, Najarian S, Arbatani S (2012) Tactile Sensing and Displays. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Jackman AL, Leamon CP (eds) (2011) Targeted Drug Strategies for Cancer and Inflammation. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Jiang H, Gero JS, Yen C-C (2014) Exploring Designing Styles Using a Problem–Solution Division. In: Gero JS (ed) Design Computing and Cognition ’12. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 79–94

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 Netherlands International Law Review.

Blog post
Hale T (2016) Earth Doesn’t Get Weirder Than The Bubbling Springs Of Ethiopia. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1982) Insights Into CETA’s In-School Youth Programs. 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
Caraballo-Cole T (2012) Mindfulness-based mental health services for single mothers: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation, 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
Greenhouse L (2007) Chief Justice Is Admitted To Hospital After Seizure. New York Times A11

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Eggleston 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Eggleston 2008; Lukacs-Kornek and Turley 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Lukacs-Kornek and Turley 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Sun et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleNetherlands International Law Review
AbbreviationNeth. Int. Law Rev.
ISSN (print)0165-070X
ISSN (online)1741-6191

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