How to format your references using the Social Influence citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Social Influence. 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
Engheta, N. (2011). Applied physics. Antenna-guided light. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6054), 317–318.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lankau, R. A., & Strauss, S. Y. (2007). Mutual feedbacks maintain both genetic and species diversity in a plant community. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5844), 1561–1563.
A journal article with 3 authors
Archibald, J. D., Averianov, A. O., & Ekdale, E. G. (2001). Late Cretaceous relatives of rabbits, rodents, and other extant eutherian mammals. Nature, 414(6859), 62–65.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chen, J. Y., Kutana, A., Collier, C. P., & Giapis, K. P. (2005). Electrowetting in carbon nanotubes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5753), 1480–1483.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pinoli, J.-C. (2014). Mathematical Foundations of Image Processing and Analysis 1. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Middendorf, M., & Blum, C. (Eds.). (2013). Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization: 13th European Conference, EvoCOP 2013, Vienna, Austria, April 3-5, 2013. Proceedings (Vol. 7832). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Okazaki, T., & Shinohara, H. (2005). Nano-Peapods Encapsulating Fullerenes. In S. V. Rotkin & S. Subramoney (Eds.), Applied Physics of Carbon Nanotubes: Fundamentals of Theory, Optics and Transport Devices (pp. 133–150). 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 Social Influence.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016, August 17). Young Stars Might Help Make Organic Molecules. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1991). FAA Information Technology: Complete Cost Data Not Provided to OMB (IMTEC-91-22). 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
Watson, C. A. (2014). A cultural confluence: Approaches to embedding cultural insights and inclusion throughout the marketing process [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine University.

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
Kolomatsky, M. (2017, September 28). Singles in the House. New York Times, RE2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Engheta, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Engheta, 2011; Lankau & Strauss, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Lankau & Strauss, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Archibald et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Chen et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleSocial Influence
AbbreviationSoc. Influ.
ISSN (print)1553-4510
ISSN (online)1553-4529
ScopeSocial Psychology

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