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
Sansom, M. (2012). Louise Johnson (1940-2012). Nature, 490(7421), 488.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yan, W.-B., & Fan, H. (2014). Single-photon quantum router with multiple output ports. Scientific Reports, 4, 4820.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kuhn, G., Hijri, M., & Sanders, I. R. (2001). Evidence for the evolution of multiple genomes in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Nature, 414(6865), 745–748.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Faustman, D. L., Tran, S. D., Kodama, S., Lodde, B. M., Szalayova, I., Key, S., Toth, Z. E., & Mezey, E. (2006). Comment on papers by Chong et al., Nishio et al., and Suri et al. on diabetes reversal in NOD mice. Science (New York, N.Y.), 314(5803), 1243; author reply 1243.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Yalaoui, A., Chehade, H., Yalaoui, F., & Amodeo, L. (2012). Optimization of Logistics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Ribeiro, A. B., Mateus, E. P., & Couto, N. (Eds.). (2016). Electrokinetics Across Disciplines and Continents: New Strategies for Sustainable Development. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Hajdul, M. (2012). Coordination Model of Transport Processes Based on Sustainable Development Concept. In P. Golinska & M. Hajdul (Eds.), Sustainable Transport: New Trends and Business Practices (pp. 83–107). 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
Andrew, E. (2014, May 28). Google Has Developed A Self-Driving Car. 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. (1993). Student Achievement Standards and Testing (T-PEMD-93-1). 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
Serranilla, M. (2012). Env7p localizes to the vacuole membrane and plays a role in vacuolar protein processing [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Crow, K. (2001, May 6). Sealed Since ’88, A Condo Garage May Soon See Some Daylight. New York Times, 144.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sansom, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Sansom, 2012; Yan & Fan, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Yan & Fan, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Kuhn et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Faustman et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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