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
Till C (2015) Earth science: Big geochemistry. Nature 523:293–294
A journal article with 2 authors
Rehwinkel J, Reis e Sousa C (2010) RIGorous detection: exposing virus through RNA sensing. Science 327:284–286
A journal article with 3 authors
Wood RA, Grotzinger JP, Dickson JAD (2002) Proterozoic modular biomineralized metazoan from the Nama Group, Namibia. Science 296:2383–2386
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Xu X, Tan Q, Wang J, et al (2007) A gigantic bird-like dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of China. Nature 447:844–847

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Morri G, Mazza A (2014) Property Finance. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Heinrich B, Bland JAC (eds) (2005) Ultrathin Magnetic Structures IV: Applications of Nanomagnetism. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Komatineni S, MacLean D, Hashimi SY (2011) Understanding Intents. In: MacLean D, Hashimi SY (eds) Pro Android 3. Apress, Berkeley, CA, pp 125–144

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
Luntz S (2017) Boxes For Owls Help Overcome Middle East Divisions. 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 (1980) Comments on S. 1961, a Bill Cited as the “Higher Education Amendments of 1980.” 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
Schutt R (2010) Topics in model-based population inference. Doctoral dissertation, Columbia 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
Burghardt LF (2006) New Meters Get a Mixed Review. New York Times 14LI11

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Till 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Rehwinkel and Reis e Sousa 2010; Till 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Rehwinkel and Reis e Sousa 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Xu et al. 2007)

About the journal

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

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