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
Wilczek F (2004) From “not wrong” to (maybe right). Nature 428:261
A journal article with 2 authors
Lo JA, Fisher DE (2014) The melanoma revolution: from UV carcinogenesis to a new era in therapeutics. Science 346:945–949
A journal article with 3 authors
Manabe M, Barrett PM, Isaji S (2000) Palaeontology. A refugium for relics? Nature 404:953
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Wu Y, Wang Y, Li J, et al (2014) Development of a general method for detection and quantification of the P35S promoter based on assessment of existing methods. Sci Rep 4:7358

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Neave EH (2009) Modern Financial Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Rodrigues JJPC, Zhou L, Chen M, Kailas A (eds) (2012) Green Communications and Networking: First International Conference, GreeNets 2011, Colmar, France, October 5-7, 2011, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Camenisch J, Dubovitskaya M, Lehmann A, et al (2013) Concepts and Languages for Privacy-Preserving Attribute-Based Authentication. In: Fischer-Hübner S, Leeuw E de, Mitchell C (eds) Policies and Research in Identity Management: Third IFIP WG 11.6 Working Conference, IDMAN 2013, London, UK, April 8-9, 2013. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 34–52

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) Lone Grand Canyon Wolf Confirmed Dead. 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 (1995) Education and Employment Issue Area: Active Assignments. 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
Obasi FI (2012) Policy analysis of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. 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
Baker L (2006) The Windsurf’s Up On the Columbia River. New York Times F10

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wilczek 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Wilczek 2004; Lo and Fisher 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Lo and Fisher 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Wu et al. 2014)

About the journal

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

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