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
Joyce, Gerald F. 2007. Obituary: Leslie Orgel (1927-2007). Nature 450: 627.
A journal article with 2 authors
Krishnan, Vaishnav, and Eric J. Nestler. 2008. The molecular neurobiology of depression. Nature 455: 894–902.
A journal article with 3 authors
Seto, K. C., R. K. Kaufmann, and C. E. Woodcock. 2000. Landsat reveals China’s farmland reserves, but they’re vanishing fast. Nature 406: 121.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Howard, D. J., J. L. Marshall, W. E. Braswell, and J. A. Coyne. 2001. Examining evidence of reproductive isolation in sockeye salmon. Science (New York, N.Y.) 291: 1853.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Boddy, Richard, and Gordon Smith. 2010. Effective Experimentation. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Capasso, Francesco. 2006. Fitofarmacovigilanza: Vigilanza sulla sicurezza dei prodotti fitoterapici. Edited by Francesca Borrelli, Stefano Castaldo, and Giuliano Grandolini. Milano: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Ignatiev, Alexander A., and Alexander V. Lyashenko. 2010. Generalization Control Characteristics in Generative Structures. In Heteromagnetic Microelectronics: Microsystems of Active Type, ed. Alexander V. Lyashenko, 149–172. New York, NY: 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 Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2015. New York Medical Examiners Not Required To Return All Organs, Court Rules. IFLScience. IFLScience. June 15.


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. 2003. Education and Care: Head Start Key Among Array of Early Childhood Programs, but National Research on Effectiveness Not Completed. GAO-03-840T. 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
Baldasaro, Ruth E. 2013. Person level analysis in latent growth curve models. Doctoral dissertation, Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina.

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
Greenhouse, Linda. 2005. Case Reopens Abortion Issue for Justices. New York Times, November 29.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Joyce 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Joyce 2007; Krishnan and Nestler 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Krishnan and Nestler 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Howard et al. 2001)

About the journal

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

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