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
Smith, Ian. 2007. Chemistry. Single-molecule catalysis. Science (New York, N.Y.) 315: 470–471.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schadt, Eric, and Rui Chang. 2012. Genetics. A GPS for navigating DNA. Science (New York, N.Y.) 337: 1179–1180.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mei, Tian-Sheng, Harshkumar H. Patel, and Matthew S. Sigman. 2014. Enantioselective construction of remote quaternary stereocentres. Nature 508: 340–344.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Jin, Hosub, Sonny H. Rhim, Jino Im, and Arthur J. Freeman. 2013. Topological oxide insulator in cubic perovskite structure. Scientific reports 3: 1651.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Möller, Ralf, Hans Pöter, and Knut Schwarze. 2011. Planen und Bauen mit Trapezprofilen und Sandwichelementen. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Randell-Moon, Holly, and Ryan Tippet, ed. 2016. Security, Race, Biopower: Essays on Technology and Corporeality. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.
A chapter in an edited book
Petrov, Boyan P. 2007. Amphibians and Reptiles of Bulgaria: Fauna, Vertical Distribution, Zoogeography, and Conservation. In Biogeography and Ecology of Bulgaria, ed. Victor Fet and Alexi Popov, 85–107. Monographiae Biologicae. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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, Danielle. 2016. Lost In Translation: Five Common English Phrases You May Be Using Incorrectly. IFLScience. IFLScience. October 17.


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. Consolidation of Computer-Output-Microfilm Facilities in Hawaii. LCD-76-129. 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
Wolfenden, Andrew. 2012. Factors predicting oncology care providers’ behavioral intention to adopt clinical decision support systems. Doctoral dissertation, Phoenix, AZ: University of Phoenix.

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
Kishkovsky, Sophia. 2004. In Aisle 3, Merchandise and Perhaps a Masterpiece; Russia’s New Rich Amass Art Collections, Displaying Them in Varied Ways. New York Times, March 29.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smith 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Smith 2007; Schadt and Chang 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Schadt and Chang 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Jin et al. 2013)

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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