How to format your references using the Social Networks citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Social Networks. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Gardner, J.A., 2000. Ars longa, vita brevis. Nature 408, 143.
A journal article with 2 authors
Aide, T.M., Grau, H.R., 2004. Ecology. Globalization, migration, and Latin American ecosystems. Science 305, 1915–1916.
A journal article with 3 authors
Blair, A.C., Fisher, E.R., Rickey, D., 2012. IBI* series winner. Discovering nanoscience. Science 337, 1056–1057.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Rome, L.C., Flynn, L., Goldman, E.M., Yoo, T.D., 2005. Generating electricity while walking with loads. Science 309, 1725–1728.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Samuel, G.R., 2010. Formulas and Calculations for Drilling Operations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Cohen, I., 2009. Noise Reduction in Speech Processing, Springer Topics in Signal Processing. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Séguy, I., Buchet, L., 2013. Establishing a Reference Population, in: Buchet, L. (Ed.), Handbook of Palaeodemography, INED Population Studies. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 53–81.

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 Networks.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Did El Niño Give Hurricane Patricia More Kick? [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2006. Next Generation Air Transportation System: Preliminary Analysis of the Joint Planning and Development Office’s Planning, Progress, and Challenges (No. GAO-06-574T). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Holmgren, J.L., 2013. Instructor responses to rhetorical dissent: Student perceptions of justice and classroom outcomes (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
Vecsey, G., 2015. A New York Icon Who Shone Just Outside the Bright Lights. New York Times B15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gardner, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Aide and Grau, 2004; Gardner, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Aide and Grau, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Rome et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleSocial Networks
AbbreviationSoc. Networks
ISSN (print)0378-8733
ScopeGeneral Psychology
General Social Sciences
Sociology and Political Science

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