How to format your references using the Political Studies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Political Studies. 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
Shi, S. H. (2001) ‘Amersham Biosciences & Science Prize. AMPA receptor dynamics and synaptic plasticity’, Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5548), 1851–2.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shim, M. and Guyot-Sionnest, P. (2000) ‘n-type colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals’, Nature, 407(6807), 981–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cartwright, H. N., Humphries, J. A. and Smith, L. G. (2009) ‘PAN1: a receptor-like protein that promotes polarization of an asymmetric cell division in maize’, Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5914), 649–51.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Santiago, J., Dupeux, F., Round, A., Antoni, R., Park, S.-Y., Jamin, M., Cutler, S. R., et al. (2009) ‘The abscisic acid receptor PYR1 in complex with abscisic acid’, Nature, 462(7273), 665–8.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sellars, C. (2011) Risk Assessment in People with Learning Disabilities. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Yao, Z. H. (2007) Computational Methods in Engineering & Science: Proceedings of “Enhancement and Promotion of Computational Methods in Engineering and Science X” Aug. 21–23, 2006, Sanya, China. (M. W. Yuan, ed.)Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Girsang, I. P. and Dhupia, J. S. (2015) ‘Machine Tools for Machining’, in A. Y. C. Nee (ed.), Handbook of Manufacturing Engineering and Technology. London: Springer, pp. 811–65.

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 Political Studies.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2017, February 23) First Case Of Drug-Resistant Malaria From Africa Has Been Discovered [online]. IFLScienceIFLScience. Available from: [Accessed30 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 (2000) Aviation and the Environment: FAA’s Role in Major Airport Noise Programs ( No. RCED-00-98). 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
Hutsell, J. D. (2009) School board members’ perception on their roles and responsibilities in developing policy that affects student achievement. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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
Kanter, J. (2017, February 15) ‘E.U. Lawmakers Approve Canada Trade Deal, in Message to Trump’, New York Times, B2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Shi, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Shi, 2001; Shim and Guyot-Sionnest, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Shim and Guyot-Sionnest, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Cartwright, Humphries, and Smith, 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Santiago et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titlePolitical Studies
AbbreviationPolit. Stud.
ISSN (print)0032-3217
ISSN (online)1467-9248
ScopeSociology and Political Science

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