How to format your references using the Educational Research for Policy and Practice citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Educational Research for Policy and Practice. 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
Golombek, M. P. (2003). Planetary science. The surface of Mars: not just dust and rocks. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5628), 2043–2044.
A journal article with 2 authors
Xi, Y., & Chen, D. (2014). Physiology. Partitioning the circadian clock. Science (New York, N.Y.), 345(6201), 1122–1123.
A journal article with 3 authors
Buchner, D. A., Trudeau, M., & Meisler, M. H. (2003). SCNM1, a putative RNA splicing factor that modifies disease severity in mice. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5635), 967–969.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Rusakov, D. A., Scimemi, A., Walker, M. C., & Kullmann, D. M. (2004). Comment on “Role of NMDA receptor subtypes in governing the direction of hippocampal synaptic plasticity.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5692), 1912; author reply.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Uriev, N. B. (2016). Technology of Dispersed Systems and Materials. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Korbin, J. E., & Krugman, R. D. (Eds.). (2014). Handbook of Child Maltreatment (Vol. 2). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Bora, D. K., Braun, A., & Gajda-Schrantz, K. (2015). Solar Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting with Bioconjugate and Bio-Hybrid Electrodes. In E. A. Rozhkova & K. Ariga (Eds.), From Molecules to Materials: Pathways to Artificial Photosynthesis (pp. 125–147). 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 Educational Research for Policy and Practice.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2016, July 6). Plate Tectonics: New Findings Fill Out The 50-Year-Old Theory That Explains Earth’s Landmasses. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1981). President’s Third Special Message for FY 1981 (No. OGC-81-3). 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
Washington, S. (2010). Counseling students ability to diagnose Asperger’s Syndrome (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Saslow, L. (2006, August 13). Village Moves to Deter Illegal Housing. New York Times, p. 14LI9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Golombek 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Golombek 2003; Xi and Chen 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Xi and Chen 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Rusakov et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleEducational Research for Policy and Practice
AbbreviationEduc. Res. Pol. Pr.
ISSN (print)1570-2081
ISSN (online)1573-1723
Sociology and Political Science

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