How to format your references using the Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Lincoln T (2001) Animal behaviour: Greensleaves. Nature 410:318.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wignall AE, Herberstein ME (2013) Male courtship vibrations delay predatory behaviour in female spiders. Sci Rep 3:3557.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mitrovica JX, Gomez N, Clark PU (2009) The sea-level fingerprint of West Antarctic collapse. Science 323:753.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Sokol AM, Cruet-Hennequart S, Pasero P, Carty MP (2013) DNA polymerase η modulates replication fork progression and DNA damage responses in platinum-treated human cells. Sci Rep 3:3277.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dimitriadis G (2017) Introduction to Nonlinear Aeroelasticity. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Sun J, Liu J, Yang Y, Fan S (eds) (2012) China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC) 2012 Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Kikuchi R, Phong LT, Ogata W (2010) A Framework for Constructing Convertible Undeniable Signatures. In: Provable Security: 4th International Conference, ProvSec 2010, Malacca, Malaysia, October 13-15, 2010. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Heng S-H, Kurosawa K (eds) Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, p 70–86

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 Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics.

Blog post
Hamilton K (2014) Your Brain on Coffee. (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 (2005) Federal Family Education Loan Program: More Oversight Is Needed for Schools That Are Lenders. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Pezzolesi MG (2008) Novel Mechanisms of PTEN Dysfunction in PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndromes. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

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
Rothenberg B (2017) For a New Mother, It’s a Quick Return to Work. New York Times:B8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lincoln 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Lincoln 2001, Wignall & Herberstein 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Wignall & Herberstein 2013)
  • Three authors: (Mitrovica et al. 2009)
  • 99 or more authors: (Sokol et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleEthics in Science and Environmental Politics
AbbreviationEthics Sci. Environ. Polit.
ISSN (print)1863-5415
ISSN (online)1611-8014
Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Sociology and Political Science

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