Republished book [from Print source using OSCOLA]


When citing a recent publication of an older work it may be appropriate to indicate the original publication date in brackets and before the publication details of the recent publication.

Republished editions of classic texts sometimes present problems, centred around the date of publication.

To avoid confusion, it is sensible to use the date of the copy you have in your hand only. If you are worried your reader will not recognise that the text as an historical one add, in round brackets, at the end of the citation, the words 'Original work published', followed by the year of publication of the original work.

Standard Form

As a footnote:

Author, Title of book (First published publication year, Edition if late than first, publisher, publication year) page if required.


B Russell The Problems of Philosophy (first published 1912, 2nd edn, OUP 1998).

JS Mill, Autobiography (first published 1873, Penguin 1989) 135.

Reference List

Books are listed alphabetically by the author's surname 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.

Mill JS, Autobiography (first published 1873, Penguin 1989)



  • If a book has a title and a subtitle, use the existing punctuation. Where there is none, insert a colon.
  • The place of publication need not be given.
  • If there is no author, begin the footnote with the title.
  • Reference: Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, OSCOLA: Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (4th edn Oxford University 2010) 35-36.