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
Bradley, Allan. 2002. Mining the mouse genome. Nature 420: 512–514.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gray, Richard A., and John P. Wikswo. 2011. Cardiovascular disease: several small shocks beat one big one. Nature 475: 181–182.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yozwiak, Nathan L., Stephen F. Schaffner, and Pardis C. Sabeti. 2015. Data sharing: Make outbreak research open access. Nature 518: 477–479.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Froy, Oren, Anthony L. Gotter, Amy L. Casselman, and Steven M. Reppert. 2003. Illuminating the circadian clock in monarch butterfly migration. Science (New York, N.Y.) 300: 1303–1305.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chowdhury, Debashish, and Dietrich Stauffer. 2005. Principles of Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Mudacumura, Gedeon, and Göktuğ Morçöl, ed. 2014. Challenges to Democratic Governance in Developing Countries. Vol. 11. Public Administration, Governance and Globalization. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Yannopoulos, Demetris, and Vinay M. Nadkarni. 2012. Regional Circulations. In Pediatric Critical Care Study Guide: Text and Review, ed. Steven E. Lucking, Frank A. Maffei, Robert F. Tamburro, and Neal J. Thomas, 65–93. London: Springer.

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
Andrew, Elise. 2014. Ice Tsunami: What The Hell Is Happening In This Video? IFLScience. IFLScience. December 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. 1993. Student Loans: Default Rates at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HRD-93-117FS. 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
Hoscoe, Brandon T. 2014. Assistive technology and the promotion of inclusion for special needs children in public schools: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: 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
Hollander, Sophia. 2002. Onyekwe Is Penn’s Stoic Scorer. New York Times, December 10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bradley 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Bradley 2002; Gray and Wikswo 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Gray and Wikswo 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Froy et al. 2003)

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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