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
Eysel, U. T. (2003). Neuroscience. Illusions and perceived images in the primate brain. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5646), 789–791.
A journal article with 2 authors
Luk, Y.-Y., & Abbott, N. L. (2003). Surface-driven switching of liquid crystals using redox-active groups on electrodes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5633), 623–626.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lampard, G. R., Macalister, C. A., & Bergmann, D. C. (2008). Arabidopsis stomatal initiation is controlled by MAPK-mediated regulation of the bHLH SPEECHLESS. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5904), 1113–1116.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Luo, D.-B., Duan, Y.-X., He, Y., & Gao, B. (2014). A novel DC microplasma sensor constructed in a cavity PDMS chamber with needle electrodes for fast detection of methanol-containing spirit. Scientific reports, 4, 7451.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
da Silva, L. S., Simões, R., Gervásio, H., & Couchman, G. (2015). Design of Steel Structures. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Zhang, Y., Zhou, Z.-H., Zhang, C., & Li, Y. (Eds.). (2012). Intelligent Science and Intelligent Data Engineering: Second Sino-foreign-interchange Workshop, IScIDE 2011, Xi’an, China, October 23-25, 2011, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 7202). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Magdaong, E. T., Yamano, H., & Fujii, M. (2014). Development of a Large-Scale, Long-Term Coral Cover and Disturbance Database in the Philippines. In S.-I. Nakano, T. Yahara, & T. Nakashizuka (Eds.), Integrative Observations and Assessments (pp. 83–109). Tokyo: Springer Japan.

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, December 19). Dr Henry Heimlich, Inventor Of The Heimlich Maneuver, Dies At 96. 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. (1996). Reports and Testimony: December 1995 (No. OPA-96-3). 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
Scaramella, J. (2013). Physical activity and red light foods consumed in ASPIRE-VA veterans (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
Shea, C. D. (2015, September 16). The Détente That Wasn’t: Putin’s Call to Elton John. New York Times, p. A4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Eysel 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Eysel 2003; Luk and Abbott 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Luk and Abbott 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Luo et al. 2014)

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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