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
Kahn, S. D. (2011). On the future of genomic data. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6018), 728–729.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jarosz, D. F., & Lindquist, S. (2010). Hsp90 and environmental stress transform the adaptive value of natural genetic variation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6012), 1820–1824.
A journal article with 3 authors
Assender, H., Bliznyuk, V., & Porfyrakis, K. (2002). How surface topography relates to materials’ properties. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5583), 973–976.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chugunov, A., Pyrkova, D., Nolde, D., Polyansky, A., Pentkovsky, V., & Efremov, R. (2013). Lipid-II forms potential “landing terrain” for lantibiotics in simulated bacterial membrane. Scientific reports, 3, 1678.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cherian, A. (2015). Energy and Global Climate Change. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Puzyn, T., Leszczynski, J., & Cronin, M. T. (Eds.). (2010). Recent Advances in QSAR Studies: Methods and Applications (Vol. 8). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Saska, M., Langr, J., & Přeučil, L. (2014). Plume Tracking by a Self-stabilized Group of Micro Aerial Vehicles. In J. Hodicky (Ed.), Modelling and Simulation for Autonomous Systems: First International Workshop, MESAS 2014, Rome, Italy, May 5-6, 2014, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 44–55). 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
Andrew, E. (2014, June 6). Researchers Are Developing A Portable HIV DNA Test. 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. (2004). Space Shuttle: Further Improvements Needed in NASA’s Modernization Efforts (No. GAO-04-203). 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
Prietto, M. (2015). No place like home: The problem and the promise of the home psychotherapy office (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, 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
Williams, J. (2017, January 6). The Sport of Struggle. New York Times, p. BR4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kahn 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Jarosz and Lindquist 2010; Kahn 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Jarosz and Lindquist 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Chugunov et al. 2013)

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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