How to format your references using the Contemporary Jewry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Contemporary Jewry. 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
Mawet, Dimitri. 2015. PLANETARY SCIENCE. Eyeing up a Jupiter-like exoplanet. Science (New York, N.Y.) 350: 39–40.
A journal article with 2 authors
Greenleaf, William J., and Steven M. Block. 2006. Single-molecule, motion-based DNA sequencing using RNA polymerase. Science (New York, N.Y.) 313: 801.
A journal article with 3 authors
Shinde, Dhanraj B., Mainak Majumder, and Vijayamohanan K. Pillai. 2014. Counter-ion dependent, longitudinal unzipping of multi-walled carbon nanotubes to highly conductive and transparent graphene nanoribbons. Scientific reports 4: 4363.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Levine, J. A., R. Weisell, S. Chevassus, C. D. Martinez, B. Burlingame, and W. A. Coward. 2001. The work burden of women. Science (New York, N.Y.) 294: 812.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gasch, Arthur, and Betty Gasch. 2010. Successfully Choosing Your EMR. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Sekkat, Khalid, ed. 2010. Market Dynamics and Productivity in Developing Countries: Economic Reforms in the Middle East and North Africa. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Nandi, Subrata, and Niloy Ganguly. 2015. Resource Constrained Randomized Coverage Strategies for Unstructured Networks. In Propagation Phenomena in Real World Networks, ed. Dariusz Król, Damien Fay, and Bogdan Gabryś, 107–134. Intelligent Systems Reference Library. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 Contemporary Jewry.

Blog post
Luntz, Stephen. 2015. Mice Take After Their Fathers, And We Might Too. IFLScience. IFLScience. March 4.


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. 1976. Review of Ohio State Plan for the Education of Handicapped Children. 088676. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Lowden, Mia Rochelle. 2008. Genesis of end-to-end chromosome fusions. Doctoral dissertation, Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina.

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
Casey, Nicholas. 2017. Peace Is New Test for Colombian Coca Farmers. New York Times, July 18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mawet 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Greenleaf and Block 2006; Mawet 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Greenleaf and Block 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Levine et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleContemporary Jewry
AbbreviationContemp. Jew.
ISSN (print)0147-1694
ISSN (online)1876-5165
Religious studies
Cultural Studies

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