How to format your references using the Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft. 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
Bagenal, Fran. 2007. Planetary science. A new spin on Saturn’s rotation. Science (New York, N.Y.) 316: 380–381.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ashlin, Alison, and Richard J. Ladle. 2006. Science communication. Environmental science adrift in the blogosphere. Science (New York, N.Y.) 312: 201.
A journal article with 3 authors
Okada, Daisuke, Fumiko Ozawa, and Kaoru Inokuchi. 2009. Input-specific spine entry of soma-derived Vesl-1S protein conforms to synaptic tagging. Science (New York, N.Y.) 324: 904–909.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Sun, Yi, Wenhao Zhang, Ying Xing, Fangsen Li, Yanfei Zhao, Zhengcai Xia, Lili Wang, Xucun Ma, Qi-Kun Xue, and Jian Wang. 2014. High temperature superconducting FeSe films on SrTiO3 substrates. Scientific reports 4: 6040.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cooper, J. David. 2016. Soil Water Measurement. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Sternad, Dagmar, ed. 2009. Progress in Motor Control: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. Vol. 629. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Osipov, Andrei, Vladimir Rokhlin, and Hong Xiao. 2013. Analysis of a Differential Operator. In Prolate Spheroidal Wave Functions of Order Zero: Mathematical Tools for Bandlimited Approximation, ed. Vladimir Rokhlin and Hong Xiao, 73–133. Applied Mathematical Sciences. Boston, MA: Springer US.

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 Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft.

Blog post
Carpineti, Alfredo. 2016. We Are A Step Closer To Understanding How Superconductivity Works. IFLScience. IFLScience. October 3.


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. 2009. NASA: Projects Need More Disciplined Oversight and Management to Address Key Challenges. GAO-09-436T. 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
Olson, Cody R. 2017. Population genetic structure of two abyssal grenadiers of the north Atlantic and northeastern Pacific oceans. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Crow, Kelly. 2002. Dreams Taste Bittersweet As a Small Store Is Sold. New York Times, August 11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bagenal 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Ashlin and Ladle 2006; Bagenal 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Ashlin and Ladle 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Sun et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleZeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft
ISSN (print)1430-6387
ISSN (online)2366-2638

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