How to format your references using the Continental Philosophy Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Continental Philosophy Review. 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
Cane, Mark A. 2010. Climate: A moist model monsoon. Nature 463: 163–164.
A journal article with 2 authors
Forster, Peter, and Shuichi Matsumura. 2005. Evolution. Did early humans go north or south? Science (New York, N.Y.) 308: 965–966.
A journal article with 3 authors
Veenstra, G. J., D. L. Weeks, and A. P. Wolffe. 2000. Distinct roles for TBP and TBP-like factor in early embryonic gene transcription in Xenopus. Science (New York, N.Y.) 290: 2312–2315.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Ceol, Craig J., Yariv Houvras, Judit Jane-Valbuena, Steve Bilodeau, David A. Orlando, Valentine Battisti, Lauriane Fritsch, et al. 2011. The histone methyltransferase SETDB1 is recurrently amplified in melanoma and accelerates its onset. Nature 471: 513–517.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Basset, Philippe, Elena Blokhina, and Dimitri Galayko. 2016. Electrostatic Kinetic Energy Harvesting. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Treschev, Dmitry. 2010. Introduction to the Perturbation Theory of Hamiltonian Systems. Edited by Oleg Zubelevich. Springer Monographs in Mathematics. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Lee, Eunji, Sungju Lee, Yongwha Chung, Hyeonjoong Cho, and Sung Bum Pan. 2010. Ensuring Confidentiality and Integrity of Multimedia Data on Multi-core Platforms. In Algorithms and Architectures for Parallel Processing: 10th International Conference, ICA3PP 2010, Busan, Korea, May 21-23, 2010. Workshops, Part II, ed. Ching-Hsien Hsu, Laurence T. Yang, Jong Hyuk Park, and Sang-Soo Yeo, 42–51. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 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 Continental Philosophy Review.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2014. Astronomers discover a black hole orbiting a ‘spinning’ star for the first time. IFLScience. IFLScience. January 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. 2001. Computer-Based Patient Records: Better Planning and Oversight By VA, DOD, and IHS Would Enhance Health Data Sharing. GAO-01-459. 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
Moyer, Ashley Suzanne. 2012. The A+ Schools Program and School Improvement. 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
Paulson, Michael. 2017. Theater Jobs Skew White And Male, Study Finds. New York Times, June 26.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cane 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Forster and Matsumura 2005; Cane 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Forster and Matsumura 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Ceol et al. 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleContinental Philosophy Review
AbbreviationCont. Philos. Rev.
ISSN (print)1387-2842
ISSN (online)1573-1103
Sociology and Political Science

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