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
Kreeger, K. (2003). From bench to bedside. Nature, 424(6952), 1090–1091.
A journal article with 2 authors
Micchelli, C. A., & Perrimon, N. (2006). Evidence that stem cells reside in the adult Drosophila midgut epithelium. Nature, 439(7075), 475–479.
A journal article with 3 authors
Locher, K. P., Bass, R. B., & Rees, D. C. (2003). Structural biology. Breaching the barrier. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5633), 603–604.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lucas, R. J., Hattar, S., Takao, M., Berson, D. M., Foster, R. G., & Yau, K.-W. (2003). Diminished pupillary light reflex at high irradiances in melanopsin-knockout mice. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5604), 245–247.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Smith, E. M. (2006). Advances in Thermal Design of Heat Exchangers. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Yoshida, H., Hawkes, D., & Vannier, M. W. (Eds.). (2012). Abdominal Imaging. Computational and Clinical Applications: 4th International Workshop, Held in Conjunction with MICCAI 2012, Nice, France, October 1, 2012. Proceedings (Vol. 7601). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Fichot, J. (2014). Proof-Theoretic Semantics and Feasibility. In J. Dubucs & M. Bourdeau (Eds.), Constructivity and Computability in Historical and Philosophical Perspective (pp. 135–157). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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
O`Callaghan, J. (2015, October 28). Balloon Capsule That Will Take People To The Edge Of Space Completes Test Flight. 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. (2002). Space Station: Actions Under Way to Manage Cost, but Significant Challenges Remain (No. GAO-02-735). 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
Truong, T. (2012). Microfluidics-based system for high-throughput analysis of nitrite in harbor water (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
Baker, L. (2010, March 24). Reviving a Poor Neighborhood for Its Inhabitants. New York Times, p. B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kreeger 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Kreeger 2003; Micchelli and Perrimon 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Micchelli and Perrimon 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Lucas et al. 2003)

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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