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
Pronin, E. (2008). How we see ourselves and how we see others. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5880), 1177–1180.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cruz, G., & Lowe, G. (2013). Neural coding of binary mixtures in a structurally related odorant pair. Scientific reports, 3, 1220.
A journal article with 3 authors
Riddihough, G., Purnell, B. A., & Travis, J. (2008). Freedom of expression. Introduction to special issue. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5871), 1781.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Karhadkar, S. S., Bova, G. S., Abdallah, N., Dhara, S., Gardner, D., Maitra, A., et al. (2004). Hedgehog signalling in prostate regeneration, neoplasia and metastasis. Nature, 431(7009), 707–712.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Reinhard, P.-G., & Suraud, E. (2008). Introduction to Cluster Dynamics. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH.
An edited book
Yuen, D. A., Wang, L., Chi, X., Johnsson, L., Ge, W., & Shi, Y. (Eds.). (2013). GPU Solutions to Multi-scale Problems in Science and Engineering. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bergbauer, C., & Kreimer, D. (2009). New Algebraic Aspects of Perturbative and Non-perturbative Quantum Field Theory. In V. Sidoravičius (Ed.), New Trends in Mathematical Physics: Selected contributions of the XVth International Congress on Mathematical Physics (pp. 45–58). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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
Andrew, E. (2014, October 21). There Are Now Just Six Northern White Rhinos Left On Earth. 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. (1977). Curriculum Case Studies Are of Questionable Quality but Helped Precollege Curriculum Activities (No. HRD-77-46). 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
Hylton, J. K. (2016). Scatter; Or, A Series or Minor Inconveniences (Doctoral dissertation). University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

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
Vecsey, G. (2010, March 21). To Soccer Fan, Train Whistle Hits Perfect Pitch. New York Times, p. SP8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pronin 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Cruz and Lowe 2013; Pronin 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Cruz and Lowe 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Karhadkar et al. 2004)

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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