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
Ruiz, J. 2001. The stability against freezing of an internal liquid-water ocean in Callisto. Nature 412: 409–411.
A journal article with 2 authors
Coles, P., and L. Y. Chiang. 2000. Characterizing the nonlinear growth of large-scale structure in the Universe. Nature 406: 376–378.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kaochar, Salma, Andrew L. Paek, and Ted Weinert. 2010. Genetics. Replication error amplified. Science (New York, N.Y.) 329: 911–913.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Rafael, Maria E., Terrie Taylor, Alan Magill, Yee-Wei Lim, Federico Girosi, and Richard Allan. 2006. Reducing the burden of childhood malaria in Africa: the role of improved. Nature 444 Suppl 1: 39–48.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McMaster, Marvin C. 2010. Buying and Selling Laboratory Instruments. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Simms, Ciaran. 2009. Pedestrian and Cyclist Impact: A Biomechanical Perspective. Edited by Denis Wood. Vol. 166. Solid Mechanics and Its Applications. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Dotz, A. Dara. 2015. A Pilot of 3D Printing of Medical Devices in Haiti. In Technologies for Development: What is Essential?, ed. Silvia Hostettler, Eileen Hazboun, and Jean-Claude Bolay, 33–44. 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
Fang, Janet. 2014. Offshore Wind Farms Are Havens For Seals. IFLScience. IFLScience. July 21.


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. 1999. Transportation Infrastructure: Better Data Needed to Rate the Nation’s Highway Conditions. RCED-99-264. 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
Canan, Donna. 2016. Action Research Study on the Gradual Release of Responsibility, Critical Thinking Skills and Use of Intertextuality in a Midwest Suburban High School Setting. Doctoral dissertation, St. Charles, MO: Lindenwood 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
James, Scott. 2017. There Goes the Gayborhood. New York Times, June 21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ruiz 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Coles and Chiang 2000; Ruiz 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Coles and Chiang 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Rafael et al. 2006)

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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