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
Larson, Ronald G. 2011. Materials science. Predicting the flow of real polymers. Science (New York, N.Y.) 333: 1834–1835.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ratcliff, William Croft, and Robert Ford Denison. 2011. Microbiology. Alternative actions for antibiotics. Science (New York, N.Y.) 332: 547–548.
A journal article with 3 authors
Meschke, Matthias, Wiebke Guichard, and Jukka P. Pekola. 2006. Single-mode heat conduction by photons. Nature 444: 187–190.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
McNew, J. A., F. Parlati, R. Fukuda, R. J. Johnston, K. Paz, F. Paumet, T. H. Söllner, and J. E. Rothman. 2000. Compartmental specificity of cellular membrane fusion encoded in SNARE proteins. Nature 407: 153–159.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Liphard, Klaus G. 2014. Labormanagement. D-69451 Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH.
An edited book
David, Klaus, Kurt Geihs, Jan Marco Leimeister, Alexander Roßnagel, Ludger Schmidt, Gerd Stumme, and Arno Wacker, ed. 2014. Socio-technical Design of Ubiquitous Computing Systems. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Frétigny, Christian. 2007. Atomic Force Microscopy. In Nanoscience: Nanotechnologies and Nanophysics, ed. Claire Dupas, Philippe Houdy, and Marcel Lahmani, 91–119. Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Hale, Tom. 2016. NASA Animation Shows Mount Etna “Breathing.” IFLScience. IFLScience. May 15.


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. 2013. Pipeline Safety: Better Data and Guidance Could Improve Operators’ Responses to Incidents. GAO-13-284T. 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
Ivy, Robert. 2017. Regional Subsurface Investigation of the Uppermost Cretaceous of Northern Louisiana. Doctoral dissertation, Lafayette, LA: University of Louisiana.

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
GEORGE GENE GUSTINES; Compiled by RACHEL LEE HARRIS. 2010. Comic Strips Think Pink. New York Times, October 4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Larson 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Larson 2011; Ratcliff and Denison 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Ratcliff and Denison 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (McNew et al. 2000)

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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