How to format your references using the Sexuality Research and Social Policy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Sexuality Research and Social Policy. 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
Milburn, G. J. (2013). Physics. Demonstrating uncertainty. Science (New York, N.Y.), 339(6121), 770–771.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lindsay, M. E., & Dietz, H. C. (2011). Lessons on the pathogenesis of aneurysm from heritable conditions. Nature, 473(7347), 308–316.
A journal article with 3 authors
van Zuilen, M. A., Lepland, A., & Arrhenius, G. (2002). Reassessing the evidence for the earliest traces of life. Nature, 418(6898), 627–630.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kawahara, Y., Zinshteyn, B., Sethupathy, P., Iizasa, H., Hatzigeorgiou, A. G., & Nishikura, K. (2007). Redirection of silencing targets by adenosine-to-inosine editing of miRNAs. Science (New York, N.Y.), 315(5815), 1137–1140.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Blackford, R., & Schüklenk, U. (2013). 50 Great Myths about Atheism. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Wimmer, M. A., Scholl, H. J., Grönlund, Å., & Andersen, K. V. (Eds.). (2006). Electronic Government: 5th International Conference, EGOV 2006, Kraków, Poland, September 4-8, 2006. Proceedings (Vol. 4084). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Litchfield, N. (2010). Running Oracle on Windows. In P. Finnigan, R. Geist, A. Gorbachev, T. Gorman, C. Green, C. Hooper, et al. (Eds.), Expert Oracle Practices: Oracle Database Administration from the Oak Table (pp. 111–130). Berkeley, CA: Apress.

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 Sexuality Research and Social Policy.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2016, May 20). Signs Of Comets Detected Around A Sun-Like Star. 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. (1981). Regulating Domestic Telecommunications Common Carriers (No. 116445). 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
Fadamin, A. (2017). Synthesis, Characterization and Electrochemistry of the Ruthenium Schiff Base Complex [(Saloph)Ru(NO)Cl] (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Poniewozik, J. (2017, April 13). Long After the Departure, One More Cosmic Joke to Tell. New York Times, p. C14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Milburn 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Lindsay and Dietz 2011; Milburn 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Lindsay and Dietz 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Kawahara et al. 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleSexuality Research and Social Policy
AbbreviationSex. Res. Social Policy
ISSN (print)1868-9884
ISSN (online)1553-6610
ScopeHealth(social science)
Sociology and Political Science
Gender Studies

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