How to format your references using the Social Work Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Social Work Education. 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
Foote, J. (2003). Immunology. Isomeric antibodies. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5611), 1327–1328.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wolff, S., & Dillin, A. (2013). Ageing: beneficial miscommunication. Nature, 497(7450), 442–443.
A journal article with 3 authors
Snellen, I. A. G., de Mooij, E. J. W., & Albrecht, S. (2009). The changing phases of extrasolar planet CoRoT-1b. Nature, 459(7246), 543–545.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Niewoehner, W. A., Bergstrom, A., Eichele, D., Zuroff, M., & Clark, J. T. (2003). Digital analysis: Manual dexterity in Neanderthals. Nature, 422(6930), 395.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rombach, G. (2010). Spannbetonbau. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH.
An edited book
Gutwirth, S., Leenes, R., & De Hert, P. (Eds.). (2014). Reloading Data Protection: Multidisciplinary Insights and Contemporary Challenges. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Lee, D. (2016). By-Product Synergy: Productively Using Waste in Joint Production Operations. In A. Atasu (Ed.), Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains (pp. 53–70). Springer International Publishing.

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 Work Education.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, July 10). Watch Satellites and Space Debris Floating Around Earth in Real Time. 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. (2006). Joint Strike Fighter: DOD Plans to Enter Production before Testing Demonstrates Acceptable Performance (GAO-06-356). 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
Backfish, M. (2013). Electron Cloud in Steel Beam Pipe vs Titanium Nitride Coated and Amorphous Carbon Coated Beam Pipes in Fermilab’s Main Injector [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana University.

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
Poniewozik, J. (2017, August 3). Nostalgia Goes Niche. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Foote, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Foote, 2003; Wolff & Dillin, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Wolff & Dillin, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Snellen et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Niewoehner et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleSocial Work Education
AbbreviationSoc. Work Educ.
ISSN (print)0261-5479
ISSN (online)1470-1227
ScopeSocial Sciences (miscellaneous)

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