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
Budd, Peter M. 2007. Chemistry. Putting order into polymer networks. Science (New York, N.Y.) 316: 210–211.
A journal article with 2 authors
Genet, C., and T. W. Ebbesen. 2007. Light in tiny holes. Nature 445: 39–46.
A journal article with 3 authors
Aoi, Shin, Takashi Kunugi, and Hiroyuki Fujiwara. 2008. Trampoline effect in extreme ground motion. Science (New York, N.Y.) 322: 727–730.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Redhu, Naresh Singh, Lianyu Shan, Hesam Movassagh, and Abdelilah S. Gounni. 2013. Thymic stromal lymphopoietin induces migration in human airway smooth muscle cells. Scientific reports 3: 2301.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stein, Ross L. 2011. Kinetics of Enzyme Action. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Dronamraju, Krishna R., and Clair A. Francomano, ed. 2012. Victor McKusick and the History of Medical Genetics. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Alugupalli, K. R. 2008. A Distinct Role for B1b Lymphocytes in T Cell-Independent Immunity. In Specialization and Complementation of Humoral Immune Responses to Infection, ed. Tim Manser, 105–130. Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology. 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. 2017. Extinct Baby Bird Has Been Stuck in Amber For 100 Million Years. IFLScience. IFLScience. June 8.


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. 1988. Civil Agency Aircraft: Agencies’ Use of Certain Aircraft to Transport Passengers. GGD-88-92BR. 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
Roberts, Deborah Morgan. 2017. Resilience in Physically Maltreated Adolescents: Interpersonally Related Protective Factors and Gender Differences. Doctoral dissertation, Washington, DC: George Washington 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
Saslow, Linda. 2007. LIPA Ponders Fate of Wind Farm as Costs Rise. New York Times, July 8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Budd 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Budd 2007; Genet and Ebbesen 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Genet and Ebbesen 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Redhu 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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