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
Hu, W. 2000. Ringing in the new cosmology. Nature 404: 939–940.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sczepanski, Jonathan T., and Gerald F. Joyce. 2014. A cross-chiral RNA polymerase ribozyme. Nature 515: 440–442.
A journal article with 3 authors
Baumgart, Tobias, Samuel T. Hess, and Watt W. Webb. 2003. Imaging coexisting fluid domains in biomembrane models coupling curvature and line tension. Nature 425: 821–824.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Farrell, Alexander E., Richard J. Plevin, Brian T. Turner, Andrew D. Jones, Michael O’Hare, and Daniel M. Kammen. 2006. Ethanol can contribute to energy and environmental goals. Science (New York, N.Y.) 311: 506–508.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Walkenbach, John. 2010. Excel® VBA Programming For Dummies®. Indianapolis, IN, USA: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Vinel, Alexey, Rashid Mehmood, Marion Berbineau, Cristina Rico Garcia, Chung-Ming Huang, and Naveen Chilamkurti, ed. 2012. Communication Technologies for Vehicles: 4th International Workshop, Nets4Cars/Nets4Trains 2012, Vilnius, Lithuania, April 25-27, 2012. Proceedings. Vol. 7266. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Burgoyne, John Ashley, Jonathan Wild, and Ichiro Fujinaga. 2013. Compositional Data Analysis of Harmonic Structures in Popular Music. In Mathematics and Computation in Music: 4th International Conference, MCM 2013, Montreal, QC, Canada, June 12-14, 2013. Proceedings, ed. Jason Yust, Jonathan Wild, and John Ashley Burgoyne, 52–63. 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. 2015. MRI Study Finds That Infants Experience Pain In The Same Way Adults Do. IFLScience. IFLScience. April 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. 2016. Global Positioning System: Observations on Quarterly Reports from the Air Force. GAO-17-162R. 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
Cheung, Li Chien. 2017. Mixture models for left- and interval-censored data and concordance indices for composite survival outcomes. 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
Vecsey, George. 2010. A Loss, and a Farewell, for the Red Bulls. New York Times, November 5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hu 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Hu 2000; Sczepanski and Joyce 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Sczepanski and Joyce 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Farrell et al. 2006)

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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