How to format your references using the Social Geography citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Social Geography. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Kephart, J. O.: Computer science. Learning from nature, Science, 331, 682–683, 2011.
A journal article with 2 authors
Margolis, D. and Bushman, F.: HIV/AIDS. Persistence by proliferation?, Science, 345, 143–144, 2014.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mora, C., Rollo, A., and Tittensor, D. P.: Comment on “Can we name Earth’s species before they go extinct?,” Science, 341, 237, 2013.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Graether, S. P., Kuiper, M. J., Gagné, S. M., Walker, V. K., Jia, Z., Sykes, B. D., and Davies, P. L.: Beta-helix structure and ice-binding properties of a hyperactive antifreeze protein from an insect, Nature, 406, 325–328, 2000.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Karamalidis, A. K. and Dzombak, D. A.: Surface Complexation Modeling, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
Quinn, P. J. and Wang, X. (Eds.): Lipids in Health and Disease, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, XXII, 598 p pp., 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Buchan, S.: Through Music to Postgraduate Study, in: Reflections on Learning, Life and Work: Completing Doctoral Studies in Mid and Later Life and Career, edited by: Ryan, M., SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 53–65, 2012.

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 Social Geography.

Blog post
Scientists Successfully Chop Out Mitochondrial DNA Mutations In Mouse Embryos:, last access: 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: The Legality of the Release of Construction Grant Funds by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare for the University of California’s Proposed School of Dentistry, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1977.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Masumdar, S.: Vibration-based electromagnetic energy harvester for low-frequency road traffic, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2017.

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
Wilson, M.: In Pursuit of Influence (and Muggers): Farrell’s 42 Years in Politics, New York Times, 28th August, A21, 2017.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kephart, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Kephart, 2011; Margolis and Bushman, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Margolis and Bushman, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Graether et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleSocial Geography
ISSN (print)1729-4274
ISSN (online)1729-4312

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