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
Bromm, V. (2008). Astronomy. The cosmic Rosetta stone. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5889), 647–648.
A journal article with 2 authors
Banfield, J. F., & Young, M. (2009). Microbiology. Variety--the splice of life--in microbial communities. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5957), 1198–1199.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu, Y., Wang, J., & Zhang, X. (2013). Accurate determination of the vapor-liquid-solid contact line tension and the viability of Young equation. Scientific reports, 3, 2008.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, J., Rao, S., Chu, J., Shen, X., Levasseur, D. N., Theunissen, T. W., & Orkin, S. H. (2006). A protein interaction network for pluripotency of embryonic stem cells. Nature, 444(7117), 364–368.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Young, S., & Bramham, J. (2012). Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for ADHD in Adolescents and Adults. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Whiteside, M. (2014). Promoting Aboriginal Health: The Family Wellbeing Empowerment Approach. (K. Tsey, Y. Cadet-James, & J. McCalman, Eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Eichhorn, J. (2006). Index Theory for Generalized Dirac Operators on Open Manifolds. In B. Bojarski, A. S. Mishchenko, E. V. Troitsky, & A. Weber (Eds.), C*-algebras and Elliptic Theory (pp. 73–128). Basel: Birkhäuser.

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, December 21). Underwater Robot Reveals Colorful Explosion Of Life Beneath Antarctica. 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. (2010). Highway Bridge Program: Condition of Nation’s Bridges Shows Limited Improvement, but Further Actions Could Enhance the Impact of Federal Investment (No. GAO-10-930T). 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
Stephens, B. S. (2017). Understanding CXC Chemokine Receptor 4 Activation by CXC Chemokine Ligand 12 (Doctoral dissertation). University of California San Diego, La Jolla, 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
Alexander, K. (2001, February 18). The Day My Free Computer Music Died. New York Times, p. 96.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bromm 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Banfield and Young 2009; Bromm 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Banfield and Young 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang 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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