How to format your references using the The American Sociologist citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The American Sociologist. 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
Trivedi, B. (2012). Microbiome: The surface brigade. Nature, 492(7429), S60-1.
A journal article with 2 authors
von Zastrow, M., & Mostov, K. (2001). Signal transduction. A new thread in an intricate web. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5548), 1845–1847.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bormashenko, E., Musin, A., & Grynyov, R. (2014). Scaling law governing the roughness of the swash edge line. Scientific reports, 4, 6243.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Brennecke, F., Ritter, S., Donner, T., & Esslinger, T. (2008). Cavity optomechanics with a Bose-Einstein condensate. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5899), 235–238.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rémy, J.-G., & Letamendia, C. (2013). Home Area Networks and IPTV. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Goldberg, G., Prentice, A., Prentice, A., Filteau, S., & Simondon, K. (Eds.). (2009). Breast-Feeding: Early Influences on Later Health (Vol. 639). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Gregory, T. R. (2013). Molecules and Macroevolution: A Gouldian View of the Genome. In G. A. Danieli, A. Minelli, & T. Pievani (Eds.), Stephen J. Gould: The Scientific Legacy (pp. 53–72). Milano: 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 The American Sociologist.

Blog post
Carpineti, C. (2017, March 23). New Footage Reveals Deadly Chimpanzee Battles. 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. (2008). Higher Education: Multiple Higher Education Tax Incentives Create Opportunities for Taxpayers to Make Costly Mistakes (No. GAO-08-717T). 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
Martinez Abadia, J. M. (2014). French for Spanish speakers: A contrastive study of English monolingual, bilingual, and plurilingual adult learners of French (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
Hodara, S. (2015, February 22). A Show Meant to Provoke Double Takes. New York Times, p. WE8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Trivedi 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Trivedi 2012; von Zastrow and Mostov 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (von Zastrow and Mostov 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Brennecke et al. 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleThe American Sociologist
AbbreviationAm. Sociol.
ISSN (print)0003-1232
ISSN (online)1936-4784
ScopeSocial Sciences (miscellaneous)
Sociology and Political Science

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