How to format your references using the The Review of International Organizations citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Review of International Organizations. 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
Richman, D. D. (2001). HIV chemotherapy. Nature, 410(6831), 995–1001.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lee, R. C., & Ambros, V. (2001). An extensive class of small RNAs in Caenorhabditis elegans. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5543), 862–864.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schummers, J., Yu, H., & Sur, M. (2008). Tuned responses of astrocytes and their influence on hemodynamic signals in the visual cortex. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5883), 1638–1643.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Corma, A., Nemeth, L. T., Renz, M., & Valencia, S. (2001). Sn-zeolite beta as a heterogeneous chemoselective catalyst for Baeyer-Villiger oxidations. Nature, 412(6845), 423–425.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety. (2015). Guidelines for Initiating Events and Independent Protection Layers in Layer of Protection Analysis. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bhattacharyya, T., & Dritschel, M. A. (Eds.). (2015). Operator Algebras and Mathematical Physics: 24th International Workshop in Operator Theory and its Applications, Bangalore, December 2013 (Vol. 247). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Dobkin, P. L., & Hassed, C. S. (2016). How Mindfulness Has Been Integrated into Three Medical School Curriculums. In C. S. Hassed (Ed.), Mindful Medical Practitioners: A Guide for Clinicians and Educators (pp. 43–63). Cham: 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 The Review of International Organizations.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, July 17). Polar Bears in Summer Low-Energy Modes Don’t Save That Much. 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. (2015). International Space Station: Measurable Performance Targets and Documentation Needed to Better Assess Management of National Laboratory (No. GAO-15-397). 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
Goldstein, J. (2012). Murder in Colonial Albany: European and Indian Responses to Cross-Cultural Murders (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Gustines, G. G. (2014, March 3). Archie Comic Picks Film and TV Writer for Top Creative Post. New York Times, p. B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Richman 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Lee and Ambros 2001; Richman 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Lee and Ambros 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Corma et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleThe Review of International Organizations
AbbreviationRev. Int. Organ.
ISSN (print)1559-7431
ISSN (online)1559-744X
ScopeOrganizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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