How to format your references using the Social Justice Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Social Justice Research. 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
Wessells, H. (2000). Another green world. There’s more to industrial waste than chimneys and slag heaps. Nature, 405(6788), 741.
A journal article with 2 authors
Macdonald, T. T., & Monteleone, G. (2005). Immunity, inflammation, and allergy in the gut. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5717), 1920–1925.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mourre, V., Villa, P., & Henshilwood, C. S. (2010). Early use of pressure flaking on lithic artifacts at Blombos Cave, South Africa. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6004), 659–662.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mills, L. S., Bragina, E. V., Kumar, A. V., Zimova, M., Lafferty, D. J. R., Feltner, J., et al. (2018). Winter color polymorphisms identify global hot spots for evolutionary rescue from climate change. Science (New York, N.Y.), 359(6379), 1033–1036.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ursone, P. (2015). How to Calculate Options Prices and Their Greeks. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Koh, J. T. K. V., Dunstan, B. J., Silvera-Tawil, D., & Velonaki, M. (Eds.). (2016). Cultural Robotics: First International Workshop, CR 2015, Held as Part of IEEE RO-MAN 2015, Kobe, Japan, August 31, 2015. Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 9549). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Jan, D., & Janusz, P. (2010). Concurrent Development of Products, Processes and Manufacturing Systems in PLM Environments. In J. Pokojski, S. Fukuda, & J. Salwiński (Eds.), New World Situation: New Directions in Concurrent Engineering: Proceedings of the 17th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering (pp. 43–50). London: 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 Justice Research.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2016, May 12). France Joins The Hyperloop Race By Investing In American Company. 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. (2016). Management Agenda for the Presidential and Congressional Transition: Develop and Manage Information Technology to Meet the Government’s Needs (No. D15086). 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
Woodard, J. (2012). Emergent properties (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017, October 12). Film Series. New York Times, p. C24.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wessells 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Macdonald and Monteleone 2005; Wessells 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Macdonald and Monteleone 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Mills et al. 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleSocial Justice Research
AbbreviationSoc. Justice Res.
ISSN (print)0885-7466
ISSN (online)1573-6725
Sociology and Political Science

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