How to format your references using the Russian Linguistics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Russian Linguistics. 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
Bromm, V. (2007). Astronomy. From darkness to light. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5844), 1511–1512.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wiens, D. A., & Snider, N. O. (2001). Repeating deep earthquakes: evidence for fault reactivation at great depth. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5534), 1463–1466.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ohl, F. W., Scheich, H., & Freeman, W. J. (2001). Change in pattern of ongoing cortical activity with auditory category learning. Nature, 412(6848), 733–736.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yan, H., Yu, H., Xing, W., Xiao, Y., Zhang, H., Pei, L., et al. (2014). Development of a proficiency testing program for the HIV-1 BED incidence assay in China. Scientific reports, 4, 4512.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hermans, J., & Lentz, B. (2013). Equilibria and Kinetics of Biological Macromolecules. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Ware, G. W., Whitacre, D. M., & Gunther, F. A. (Eds.). (2007). Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology: Continuation of Residue Reviews (Vol. 190). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Chou, C.-P. (2013). The Greatest Event in Life, A Farce in One Act. In Chih-P’ing Chou (Ed.), English Writings of Hu Shih: Literature and Society (Volume 1) (pp. 33–39). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Russian Linguistics.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2017, March 29). Knowing Names Makes Cooperation More Likely. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 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. (1987). Reports Issued in October 1987 (No. 134487). 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
Henderson, R. (2010). The effect of Interactive Metronome training on sports confidence and putting performance (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
Miller, S. (2017, May 25). Tennis Stars on Steroids? It’s Make Believe, Right? New York Times, p. B7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bromm 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Bromm 2007; Wiens and Snider 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Wiens and Snider 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Yan et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleRussian Linguistics
AbbreviationRuss. Linguist.
ISSN (print)0304-3487
ISSN (online)1572-8714
ScopeLanguage and Linguistics
Developmental and Educational Psychology
Linguistics and Language

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