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
Check E (2002) Pathogen-tracking questioned. Nature 420:451.
A journal article with 2 authors
Plug LJ, Werner BT (2002) Nonlinear dynamics of ice-wedge networks and resulting sensitivity to severe cooling events. Nature 417:929–933.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kageyama A, Miyagoshi T, Sato T (2008) Formation of current coils in geodynamo simulations. Nature 454:1106–1109.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Xiao C, Xu X, Liu S, Wang T, Dong W, Yang T, Sun Z, Dai D, Xu X, Zhang DH, Yang X (2011) Experimental and theoretical differential cross sections for a four-atom reaction: HD + OH → H₂O + D. Science 333:440–442.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Raeburn D (2016) Greek Tragedies as Plays for Performance. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Raman M (2016) Probiotics and Bioactive Carbohydrates in Colon Cancer Management. Ambalam P, Doble M (eds) Springer India, New Delhi.
A chapter in an edited book
Kuperberg M, Krogmann K, Reussner R (2008) Performance Prediction for Black-Box Components Using Reengineered Parametric Behaviour Models. In: Component-Based Software Engineering: 11th International Symposium, CBSE 2008, Karlsruhe, Germany, October 14-17, 2008. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Chaudron MRV, Szyperski C, Reussner R (eds) Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, p 48–63

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
Andrews R (2016) Watch As 15 Years’ Worth Of Earthquakes Shake The Planet. (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 (1994) State Department: Problems in Compiling List of Countries Restricting Longshore Activities. 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
Manzanares ME (2012) Effect of a preoperative multidisciplinary education program on weight management after bariatric surgery. 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
Tavernise S, Kovaleski SF, Turkewitz J (2017) ‘I Wish I Could Tell You He Was a Miserable Bastard’. New York Times:A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Check 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Plug & Werner 2002, Check 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Plug & Werner 2002)
  • Three authors: (Kageyama et al. 2008)
  • 99 or more authors: (Xiao et al. 2011)

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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