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
Pauwels, Eleonore. 2013. Communication: Mind the metaphor. Nature 500: 523–524.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dutcher, J. R., and M. D. Ediger. 2008. Materials science. Glass surfaces not so glassy. Science (New York, N.Y.) 319: 577–578.
A journal article with 3 authors
Guilderson, Tom P., Paula J. Reimer, and Tom A. Brown. 2005. Geoscience. The boon and bane of radiocarbon dating. Science (New York, N.Y.) 307: 362–364.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Hu, Kuang, Joe Carroll, Sergei Fedorovich, Colin Rickman, Andrei Sukhodub, and Bazbek Davletov. 2002. Vesicular restriction of synaptobrevin suggests a role for calcium in membrane fusion. Nature 415: 646–650.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Strohfeldt, Katja A. 2015. Essentials of Inorganic Chemistry. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Homma, Ikuo, Hiroshi Onimaru, and Yoshinosuke Fukuchi, ed. 2010. New Frontiers in Respiratory Control: XIth Annual Oxford Conference on Modeling and Control of Breathing. 1st ed. Vol. 669. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Lappin, Graham. 2011. Microdosing: Pharmacokinetic and Metabolism Data Early in the Drug Development Process. In Pharmacokinetics in Drug Development: Advances and Applications, Volume 3, ed. Peter L. Bonate and Danny R. Howard, 115–130. Boston, MA: Springer US.

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
Hale, Tom. 2016. Can You Figure Out Where The “Missing Coin” Goes In This Viral Brain Teaser? IFLScience. IFLScience. May 9.


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. 2016. DOT Discretionary Grants: Problems with Hurricane Sandy Transit Grant Selection Process Highlight the Need for Additional Accountability. GAO-17-20. 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
Stewart, Anne M. 2014. Estimation of urban-enhanced infiltration and groundwater recharge, Sierra Vista subbasin, southeast Arizona USA. Doctoral dissertation, Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona.

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
de la MERCED, Michael J. 2017. A Sports Betting App Raises $12 Million. New York Times, May 15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pauwels 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Dutcher and Ediger 2008; Pauwels 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Dutcher and Ediger 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Hu et al. 2002)

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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