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
Smaglik, P. (2003). Redressing the balance. Nature, 424(6948), 593.
A journal article with 2 authors
Haldane, A. G., & May, R. M. (2011). Systemic risk in banking ecosystems. Nature, 469(7330), 351–355.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yamada, Y., Kawabe, T., & Miyazaki, M. (2013). Pattern randomness aftereffect. Scientific reports, 3, 2906.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mehdiabadi, N. J., Jack, C. N., Farnham, T. T., Platt, T. G., Kalla, S. E., Shaulsky, G., et al. (2006). Social evolution: kin preference in a social microbe. Nature, 442(7105), 881–882.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Plantin, J.-C. (2014). Participatory Mapping. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bruijn, J. de. (2008). Modeling Semantic Web Services: The Web Service Modeling Language. (D. Fensel, M. Kerrigan, U. Keller, H. Lausen, & J. Scicluna, Eds.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Arnon, I., Cottrill, J., Dubinsky, E., Oktaç, A., Fuentes, S. R., Trigueros, M., & Weller, K. (2014). The Teaching of Mathematics Using APOS Theory. In J. Cottrill, E. Dubinsky, A. Oktaç, S. Roa Fuentes, M. Trigueros, & K. Weller (Eds.), APOS Theory: A Framework for Research and Curriculum Development in Mathematics Education (pp. 57–91). New York, NY: 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 Sexuality Research and Social Policy.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, August 8). WHO Declares Ebola A Public Health Emergency. 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. (2007). Information Technology: Treasury Needs to Strengthen Its Investment Board Operations and Oversight (No. GAO-07-865). 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
Collette, J. C. (2017). Validation of the tgFgfr1-EGFP Mouse Line as a Tool to Study Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 1 Cellular Localization and Expression After Experimental Manipulations (Doctoral dissertation). University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

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
Pilon, M. (2013, June 1). Olympic Leaders Mend U.S. Ties With the I.O.C. New York Times, p. D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Haldane and May 2011; Smaglik 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Haldane and May 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Mehdiabadi et al. 2006)

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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