How to format your references using the China-EU Law Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for China-EU Law Journal. 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
Benner SA (2004) Chemistry. Redesigning genetics. Science 306:625–626
A journal article with 2 authors
Woodside MT, McEuen PL (2002) Scanned probe imaging of single-electron charge states in nanotube quantum dots. Science 296:1098–1101
A journal article with 3 authors
Furman JL, Murray F, Stern S (2010) More for the research dollar. Nature 468:757–758
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Wilen CB, Lee S, Hsieh LL, et al (2018) Tropism for tuft cells determines immune promotion of norovirus pathogenesis. Science 360:204–208

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bowers D, House A, Owens D (2011) Getting Started in Health Research. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Petersen TJ, E. Sprich S, Wilhelm S (eds) (2016) The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 1st ed. 2016. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Bellandi T (2013) La valutazione del rischio e l’analisi degli eventi avversi. In: Tartaglia R, Vannucci A (eds) Prevenire gli eventi avversi nella pratica clinica. Springer, Milano, pp 31–40

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 China-EU Law Journal.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Scientists Trace The Evolution Of Beer. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (1978) Administration for Children, Youth, and Families: Need To Better Use Its Research Results and Clarify Its Role. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Escalante-Guerra M (2009) Policy analysis proposal regarding the Adoptions and Safe Family Act of 1997. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
(nyt) SK (2002) World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Kursk Fragments Recovered. New York Times A10

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Benner 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Woodside and McEuen 2002; Benner 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Woodside and McEuen 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Wilen et al. 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleChina-EU Law Journal
ISSN (print)1868-5153
ISSN (online)1868-5161

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