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
May, Paul W. 2008. Materials science. The new diamond age? Science (New York, N.Y.) 319: 1490–1491.
A journal article with 2 authors
Win, Maung Nyan, and Christina D. Smolke. 2008. Higher-order cellular information processing with synthetic RNA devices. Science (New York, N.Y.) 322: 456–460.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gavriil, F. P., V. M. Kaspi, and P. M. Woods. 2002. Magnetar-like X-ray bursts from an anomalous X-ray pulsar. Nature 419: 142–144.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Burioni, Raffaella, Mario Casartelli, Matteo di Volo, Roberto Livi, and Alessandro Vezzani. 2014. Average synaptic activity and neural networks topology: a global inverse problem. Scientific reports 4: 4336.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mynbaev, Kairat T. 2011. Short-Memory Linear Processes and Econometric Applications. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Jones, Cliff B., and John L. Lloyd, ed. 2011. Dependable and Historic Computing: Essays Dedicated to Brian Randell on the Occasion of His 75th Birthday. Vol. 6875. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Martens, P. N., M. Mistry, and M. Ruhrberg. 2006. Prospects for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry. In Sustainable Metals Management: Securing our Future - Steps Towards a Closed Loop Economy, ed. Arnim von Gleich, Robert U. Ayres, and Stefan Gößling-Reisemann, 97–111. Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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. Saturn Hexagonal Storm Changes Color. IFLScience. IFLScience. October 26.


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. 2005. Digital Television Transition: Questions on Administrative Costs of an Equipment Subsidy Program. GAO-05-837R. 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
Sefrit, Jason. 2008. A study of the effectiveness of a school district’s mentoring /professional development plan for beginning teachers. Doctoral dissertation, St. Charles, MO: Lindenwood 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
Barron, James. 2017. Off to Italy to Study Art: An Ex-Inmate’s Journey. New York Times, May 21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (May 2008).
This sentence cites two references (May 2008; Win and Smolke 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Win and Smolke 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Burioni et al. 2014)

About the journal

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

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