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
Benner, S. A. (2011). Comment on “A bacterium that can grow by using arsenic instead of phosphorus.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6034), 1149; author reply 1149.
A journal article with 2 authors
Emery, N. J., & Clayton, N. S. (2004). The mentality of crows: convergent evolution of intelligence in corvids and apes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5703), 1903–1907.
A journal article with 3 authors
Watanabe, Y., Farquhar, J., & Ohmoto, H. (2009). Anomalous fractionations of sulfur isotopes during thermochemical sulfate reduction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5925), 370–373.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Day, J. J., Norman, D. B., Upchurch, P., & Powell, H. P. (2002). Dinosaur locomotion from a new trackway. Nature, 415(6871), 494–495.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Matthews, G. G. (2002). Cellular Physiology of Nerve and Muscle. Malden, MA USA: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
An edited book
Margaria, T., & Steffen, B. (Eds.). (2006). Leveraging Applications of Formal Methods: First International Symposium, ISoLA 2004, Paphos, Cyprus, October 30 - November2, 2004, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 4313). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Coetzee, L. (2016). Global Tools Enhance Local Exchange through Community Currency in an Alternate Economy. In B. Dey, K. Sorour, & R. Filieri (Eds.), ICTs in Developing Countries: Research, Practices and Policy Implications (pp. 75–96). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

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
Andrews, R. (2016, July 18). Turtles Evolved Shells To Help Them Dig, Not For Protection. 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. (2013). In-Car Location-Based Services: Companies Are Taking Steps to Protect Privacy, but Some Risks May Not Be Clear to Consumers (No. GAO-14-81). 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
Lowe, C. (2009). A correlational study of the relationship between Learner Autonomy and academic performance (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Qiu, L. (2017, April 11). Across the Spectrum, Conspiracy Talk Is Rife. New York Times, p. A22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Benner 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Benner 2011; Emery and Clayton 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Emery and Clayton 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Day et al. 2002)

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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