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
DeWeerdt S (2013) Bacteriology: a caring culture. Nature 504:S4-5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rowe C, Healy SD (2011) Evolution. Is bigger always better? Science 333:708–709.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wu B, Parquette JR, RajanBabu TV (2009) Regiodivergent ring opening of chiral aziridines. Science 326:1662.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Crampton JS, Beu AG, Cooper RA, Jones CM, Marshall B, Maxwell PA (2003) Estimating the rock volume bias in paleobiodiversity studies. Science 301:358–360.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Savaux V, Louët Y (2014) MMSE-Based Algorithm for Joint Signal Detection, Channel and Noise Variance Estimation for OFDM Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Lorente N, Joachim C (eds) (2013) Architecture and Design of Molecule Logic Gates and Atom Circuits: Proceedings of the 2nd AtMol European Workshop. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Drame ER (2016) Crisscross Applesauce: Reflections on Intertwined Identities. In: Black Participatory Research: Power, Identity, and the Struggle for Justice in Education. Drame ER, Irby DJ (eds) Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY, p 55–68

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
Andrew E (2014) Nanomotors Steered Inside Living Human Cells For the First Time. (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 (1987) ADP Budget: Analysis of SSA’s Fiscal Year 1988 Information Technology Systems Request. 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
Warner T (2015) California Assembly Bill 2404 Fair Play in Community Sports Act compliance procedures manual. 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
Pilon M, Lehren AW (2014) Modified Training for Children Stirs New Debates. New York Times:B14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (DeWeerdt 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Rowe & Healy 2011, DeWeerdt 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Rowe & Healy 2011)
  • Three authors: (Wu et al. 2009)
  • 99 or more authors: (Crampton et al. 2003)

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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