Oscola Bibliography Journal

Magazine article [from Print source using OSCOLA]

Overview

This is an interpretation of OSCOLA guidance. Check with your lecturer before using this suggestion, which is based on the scheme's guiding principles of consistency and consideration for the reader.

Unlike academic journals, magazines and trade publications 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. 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).

Some magazine articles will not have named authors (bylines). If so, begin the footnote with the title.

When citing a journal article, the journal 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. An abbreviated title is much less likely to occur with this type of journal in which case you will need to give the full title, italicising it.

Standard Form

As a footnote:
Weekly

Author, 'Article Title' Abbreviated Journal Name or Full JournalName (City of publication (if not obvious) day Month year) first page number of article, pinpoint page if required.

Monthly

Author, 'Article Title' Abbreviated Journal Name or Full Journal Name (City of publication (if not obvious) Month year) first page number of article, pinpoint page if required.

Examples

Monthly

J Griffiths, 'Access to Work Closed to the Civil Service' Disability Now (London July 2006) 3.

but if volume and part, or issue numbers are used:

'Access Denied' Labour Research (London) 95(7) 15, 16.

Weekly

L Barrett, 'Daewoo’s Drive to Survive in the UK' Marketing Week (London 23 August 2001) 22, 23.

but if volume and part, or issue numbers are used:

M Carmichael, 'Philip Morris Stubs out its Basic Budget Brand' The Grocer (London) 229(7761) 66.

Although New Law Journal and Solicitors' Journal are published weekly, they have recognised abbreviations which can be used instead of the format above:

David Burrows, 'An Unhappy Witness' NLJ 160(7408) 370.

A Radnor and G Howell, 'Setting a New Course' SJ 154(9) 8.

Reference List

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

No full stop is required at the end of an entry in a Reference List as this is a list.

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. Burrows D, 'An Unhappy Witness' NLJ 160(7408) 370

 

Notes

  • Treat multiple authors in the same way as multiple authors of books. If there is no author, begin the footnote with the title.
  • Based on : Reference: Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, OSCOLA: Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (4th edn Oxford University 2010) 37-38.

Start with the article author (first name/initial then surname, multiple authors to be treated as per books), then the article title in single quotes.

After the title, give the publication information in the following order:

   · year of publication, in square brackets if it identifies the volume, in round brackets if there is a separate volume number;

   · the volume number if there is one (include an issue number only if the page numbers begin again for each issue within a volume, in which case put the issue number in brackets immediately after the volume number);

   · the name of the journal in roman, in full or abbreviated form, with no full stops; and

   · the first page of the article.

So articles from journals without independently numbered volumes should follow the format:

author, | ‘title’ | [year] | journal name or abbreviation | first page of article.

  •  Paul Craig, ‘Theory, "Pure Theory" and Values in Public Law’ [2005] PL 440.

Articles from journals which do have independently numbered volumes should follow the format:

author, | ‘title’ | (year) | volume | journal name or abbreviation | first page of article.

  •  Alison L Young, ‘In Defence of Due Deference’ (2009) 72 MLR 554.

Put a comma after the first page of the article if there is a pinpoint.

  •  JAG Griffith, ‘The Common Law and the Political Constitution’ (2001) 117 LQR 42, 64.

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