How to format your references using the Research in Social Stratification and Mobility citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 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
Fröbisch, J. (2011). Paleontology. On dental occlusion and saber teeth. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6024), 1525–1528.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sato, M., & Sievers, A. J. (2004). Direct observation of the discrete character of intrinsic localized modes in an antiferromagnet. Nature, 432(7016), 486–488.
A journal article with 3 authors
Meissner, M., Schlüter, D., & Soldati, D. (2002). Role of Toxoplasma gondii myosin A in powering parasite gliding and host cell invasion. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5594), 837–840.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kurz, T., Pintard, L., Willis, J. H., Hamill, D. R., Gönczy, P., Peter, M., & Bowerman, B. (2002). Cytoskeletal regulation by the Nedd8 ubiquitin-like protein modification pathway. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5558), 1294–1298.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Grant, G. (2012). Ecosystem Services Come to Town. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Wu, X. (2015). Structure-Preserving Algorithms for Oscillatory Differential Equations II (K. Liu & W. Shi, Eds.; 1st ed. 2015). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gonzalez, R. B., Flores, I., & Ribosa-Nogué, R. (2016). Practical Pharmacology of Rivastigmine. In K. L. Davis, R. Blesa Gonzalez, & D. G. Wilkinson (Eds.), Practical Pharmacology for Alzheimer’s Disease (pp. 63–103). Springer International Publishing.

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 Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2016, July 26). 815-Million-Year-Old “Time Capsule” Reveals Atmosphere Breathed By Earth’s Very First Animals. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2006). Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Actions Needed to Clarify Responsibilities and Increase Preparedness for Evacuations (GAO-07-44). 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
Rodman, R. A. (2010). Casual factors that contribute to gender bias in career choice among junior high school age females [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
Wines, M. (2014, January 26). It Only Seems That Political Corruption Is Rampant. New York Times, A22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fröbisch, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Fröbisch, 2011; Sato & Sievers, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Sato & Sievers, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Meissner et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kurz et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleResearch in Social Stratification and Mobility
AbbreviationRes. Soc. Stratif. Mobil.
ISSN (print)0276-5624
ScopeSocial Sciences (miscellaneous)

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