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
Arena, Blaise J. 2014. Outside my comfort zone. Science (New York, N.Y.) 345: 842.
A journal article with 2 authors
Barkai, N., and S. Leibler. 2000. Circadian clocks limited by noise. Nature 403: 267–268.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bueno, J. Trujillo, N. Shchukina, and A. Asensio Ramos. 2004. A substantial amount of hidden magnetic energy in the quiet Sun. Nature 430: 326–329.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Audet, Pascal, Michael G. Bostock, Nikolas I. Christensen, and Simon M. Peacock. 2009. Seismic evidence for overpressured subducted oceanic crust and megathrust fault sealing. Nature 457: 76–78.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hansen, Steen, Stig Pedersen-Bjergaard, and Knut Rasmussen. 2011. Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemical Analysis. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Zia, Asif Iqbal. 2016. Electrochemical Sensing: Carcinogens in Beverages. Edited by Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay. Vol. 20. Smart Sensors, Measurement and Instrumentation. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Cueto, Elías, David González, and Icíar Alfaro. 2016. PGD for Non-linear Problems. In Proper Generalized Decompositions: An Introduction to Computer Implementation with Matlab, ed. David González and Icíar Alfaro, 39–63. SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
Taub, Ben. 2016. Researchers Say Psychedelic Drugs Could Help Cure Addiction. IFLScience. IFLScience. November 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. Medicare: Information Systems Modernization Needs Stronger Management and Support. GAO-01-824. 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
Kalavacherla, Raja S. 2017. DFT study of the improved performance of oxygen reduction reaction on gold-copper alloy in a PEM fuel cell. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Ratliff, Ben. 2016. Imagine Beckett as a Cranky Songwriter. New York Times, August 25.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Arena 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Barkai and Leibler 2000; Arena 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Barkai and Leibler 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Audet et al. 2009)

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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