How to format your references using the Online Social Networks and Media citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Online Social Networks and Media. 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
W.C. Hwang, Journal club. A structural biologist has great expectations for llamas’ small antibodies, Nature. 459 (2009) 303.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Norenzayan, A.F. Shariff, The origin and evolution of religious prosociality, Science. 322 (2008) 58–62.
A journal article with 3 authors
W.F. Martin, F.L. Sousa, N. Lane, Evolution. Energy at life’s origin, Science. 344 (2014) 1092–1093.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Saito, D.M. Owen, F. Jiang, J. Marcotrigiano, M. Gale Jr, Innate immunity induced by composition-dependent RIG-I recognition of hepatitis C virus RNA, Nature. 454 (2008) 523–527.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
F. Landragin, Man-Machine Dialogue, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ USA, 2013.
An edited book
E. Errami, M. Brocx, V. Semeniuk, eds., From Geoheritage to Geoparks: Case Studies from Africa and Beyond, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
L. Sun, R. Saqi, H. Xie, Research on the Fouling Prediction of Heat Exchanger Based on Wavelet Relevance Vector Machine, in: Z. Zeng, J. Wang (Eds.), Advances in Neural Network Research and Applications, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010: pp. 37–45.

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 Online Social Networks and Media.

Blog post
R. Andrews, 16 Awesome New Things We Learned In 2016, IFLScience. (2017). (accessed October 30, 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, Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools: New Facilities Management Information System Promising, but Improved Data Accuracy Needed, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A. Shirley, Connecting foster children with their siblings within a summer camp setting: A grant proposal, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2012.

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
M. Pilon, Musburger Criticized for Remarks About Star’s Girlfriend During Title Game, New York Times. (2013) B13.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleOnline Social Networks and Media
ISSN (print)2468-6964

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