Academic journal article from a website: different from print version [from Electronic source using OSCOLA]

Overview

When citing a journal article, the title is abbreviated. Use the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations to choose the preferred abbreviation for any legal source omitting punctuation wherever possible. Otherwise use the abbreviation given in the journal itself or abbreviate titles using the guidance in the Appendix to the OSCOLA scheme itself.

Give the publication date in square brackets if it identifies the volume (and omit the volume number) and in round brackets where the journal volumes are numbered consecutively during the year (and include the volume number). The issue/part number of a journal should NOT be included unless each issue/part within a volume of a journal starts at page 1 (i.e. are not consecutively paginated): in that case put the issue number in parentheses after the volume number.

Unlike academic journals, consumer magazines and trade journals often do not have volume and part numbers, and are commonly identified by the date of issue. However, if volume and part, or issue numbers are used, include them in the reference, and omit the fuller date format applicable when there is no volume/issue number.

Provide the website address within angled brackets and most recent date of access.

If the author is not named, begin the footnote with the title.

Standard Form

Academic journals
Author, 'Article Title' [(Year of publication in round or square brackets as above)] Volume/Issue/Part number if necessary) (see advice above) Journal Name (abbreviated as above) <Internet address> accessed date as day Month year.

Weekly magazines
Author, 'Article Title' [(Year of publication in round or square brackets as above)] Volume/Issue/Part number if necessary) (see advice above) Abbreviated Journal Name or Full Journal Name (day Month year if no Volume/Issue/Part number) <Internet address> accessed date as day Month year.

Monthly magazines
Author, 'Article Title' [(Year of publication in round or square brackets as above)] Volume/Issue/Part number if necessary) (see advice above) Abbreviated Journal Name or Full Journal Name (month year if no Volume/Issue/Part number) <Internet address> accessed date as day Month year.

Newspapers
Author, 'Article Title' Name of Newspaper (City of publication, day Month year) <Internet address> accessed date as day Month year.

Examples

Journal article:

Chris Reed, 'The Law of Unintended Consequences - Embedded Business Models in IT Regulation' (2007) 2 JILT<http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/elj/jilt/2007_2/reed> accessed 14 February 2007.

Monthly magazine:

''Getting into a Whole New Fight' Disabilty Now (February 2010) <http://www.disabilitynow.org.uk/living/features/getting-into-a-whole-new-fight> acessed 9 February 2010.

Newspaper:

''Cocaine used in 95% of clubs in London borough' Crime Reduction Partnerships News (London, 10 July 2008) <http://www.crp-news.com/htm/n20080710.293094.htm> accessed 20 August 2008.

Weekly magazine:

A Radnor and G Howell, 'Setting a New Course' SJ 154(9) <http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/story.asp?sectioncode=3&storycode=15638&c=3> accessed 12 February 2010.

For this example, the abbreviated title is used, the volume and issue number are given, so the full date format is omitted.

Reference List

List journal articles alphabetically by author's last name under the heading Secondary Sources. If there is no author, list alphabetically by the first word/s of the title at the beginning of list under the heading Secondary Sources.

In your bibliography, the author's surname should precede his or her initial(s), with no comma separating them, but a comma after the first initial. Only initials should be used, not forenames, e.g.

Reed C, 'The Law of Unintended Consequences - Embedded Business Models in IT Regulation' (2007) 2 JILT<http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/elj/jilt/2007_2/reed> accessed 14 February 2007

o full stop is required at the end of an entry in a Reference List as this is a list.

 

Notes

  • Treat multiple authors in the same way as multiple authors of books.
  • Reference: Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, OSCOLA: Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (4th edn Oxford University 2010) 38.