How to format your references using the European Journal for Philosophy of Religion citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal for Philosophy of Religion. 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
Kiessling, Ann A. 2005. “Eggs Alone”. Nature 434, no. 7030: 145.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gurnett, D. A., and W. S. Kurth. 2008. “Intense Plasma Waves at and near the Solar Wind Termination Shock”. Nature 454, no. 7200: 78–80.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kuwamura, Tetsuo, Tatsuru Kadota, and Shohei Suzuki. 2014. “Testing the Low-Density Hypothesis for Reversed Sex Change in Polygynous Fish: Experiments in Labroides Dimidiatus”. Scientific Reports 4, March: 4369.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Palombo, M., A. Gabrielli, V. D. P. Servedio, G. Ruocco, and S. Capuani. 2013. “Structural Disorder and Anomalous Diffusion in Random Packing of Spheres”. Scientific Reports 3: 2631.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Johnson, Amy. 2014. Small Animal Pathology for Veterinary Technicians. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Callard, Felicity, Kimberley Staines, and James Wilkes, eds. 2016. The Restless Compendium: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and Its Opposites. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Wang, Liqiu, and Michel Quintard. 2009. “Nanofluids of the Future”. In Advances in Transport Phenomena: 2009, edited by Liqiu Wang, 179–243. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 European Journal for Philosophy of Religion.

Blog post
Hamilton, Kristy. 2016. “Nobel Prize-Winning Autophagy Research Laid Groundwork For Potential Parkinson’s Treatment”. IFLScience. IFLScience. Last modified October 10, 2016.


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. 1991. “Railroad Safety: Weaknesses Exist in FRA’s Enforcement Program”. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. RCED-91-72.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Lavoie, Diane. 2010. “Ecotone”. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Robbins, Liz. 2013. “Restaurants Were His Life”. New York Times, August 23, 2013.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference Ann A. Kiessling, “Eggs Alone”, Nature 434, no. 7030 (2005)..
This sentence cites two references Ann A. Kiessling, “Eggs Alone”, Nature 434, no. 7030 (2005); D. A. Gurnett and W. S. Kurth, “Intense Plasma Waves at and near the Solar Wind Termination Shock”, Nature 454, no. 7200 (2008)..

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

  • Two authors:
  • Three authors:
  • 4 or more authors: M. Palombo et al., “Structural Disorder and Anomalous Diffusion in Random Packing of Spheres”, Scientific Reports 3 (2013).

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Religion
ISSN (print)1689-8311

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