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
Duflo, Esther. 2012. Rigorous evaluation of human behavior. Science (New York, N.Y.) 336: 1398.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kreft, Holger, and Walter Jetz. 2013. Comment on “An update of Wallace’s zoogeographic regions of the world.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 341: 343.
A journal article with 3 authors
Long, Michael A., Dezhe Z. Jin, and Michale S. Fee. 2010. Support for a synaptic chain model of neuronal sequence generation. Nature 468: 394–399.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Otomo, Takanori, Diana R. Tomchick, Chinatsu Otomo, Sanjay C. Panchal, Mischa Machius, and Michael K. Rosen. 2005. Structural basis of actin filament nucleation and processive capping by a formin homology 2 domain. Nature 433: 488–494.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Love, John, and John A. Bryant. 2017. Biofuels and Bioenergy. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Grech, Shaun, and Karen Soldatic, ed. 2016. Disability in the Global South: The Critical Handbook. International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Pedamallu, Chandra Sekhar, Linet Özdamar, and Tibor Csendes. 2007. An Interval Partitioning Approach for Continuous Constrained Optimization. In Models and Algorithms for Global Optimization: Essays Dedicated to Antanas Žilinskas on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday, ed. Aimo Törn and Julius Žilinskas, 73–96. Optimization and Its Applications. 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
Andrews, Robin. 2017. 16 Awesome New Things We Learned In 2016. IFLScience. IFLScience. January 1.


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. 1982. The Case for Programwide Statistical Reviews of Fraud and Abuse. 118596. 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
Purdioux, Lee. 2015. Predicting deception detection ability based on the concept of self-compassionate personality trait, openness personality structure, and agreeableness personality structure. Doctoral dissertation, Minneapolis, MN: Capella 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
Wagner, James. 2017. A Washington Monument To Pitching’s Fickle Nature. New York Times, September 16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Duflo 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Duflo 2012; Kreft and Jetz 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Kreft and Jetz 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Otomo et al. 2005)

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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