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
DeLong, Edward F. 2009. “The Microbial Ocean from Genomes to Biomes”. Nature 459, no. 7244: 200–206.
A journal article with 2 authors
Trakhtenberg, Ephraim F., and Jeffrey L. Goldberg. 2011. “Immunology. Neuroimmune Communication”. Science (New York, N.Y.) 334, no. 6052: 47–48.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gil, Santiago, Alexander Kott, and Albert-László Barabási. 2014. “A Genetic Epidemiology Approach to Cyber-Security”. Scientific Reports 4, July: 5659.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Tezuka, Hiroyuki, Yukiko Abe, Makoto Iwata, Hajime Takeuchi, Hiromichi Ishikawa, Masayuki Matsushita, Tetsuo Shiohara, Shizuo Akira, and Toshiaki Ohteki. 2007. “Regulation of IgA Production by Naturally Occurring TNF/INOS-Producing Dendritic Cells”. Nature 448, no. 7156: 929–33.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gray, Dr Robin J. M., and Dr M. Ziad Al-Ani. 2011. Temporomandibular Disorders. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Stalmashonak, Andrei. 2013. Ultra-Short Pulsed Laser Engineered Metal-Glass Nanocomposites. Edited by Gerhard Seifert and Amin Abdolvand. Heidelberg: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Dastani, Mehdi M., Koen V. Hindriks, Peter Novák, and Nick A. M. Tinnemeier. 2009. “Combining Multiple Knowledge Representation Technologies into Agent Programming Languages”. In Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies VI: 6th International Workshop, DALT 2008, Estoril, Portugal, May 12, 2008, Revised Selected and Invited Papers, edited by Matteo Baldoni, Tran Cao Son, M. Birna van Riemsdijk, and Michael Winikoff, 60–74. 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
Luntz, Stephen. 2016. “2028 To Provide Rare Opportunity For Planet Hunting Around Alpha Centauri”. IFLScience. IFLScience. Last modified October 25, 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. 2014. “College Debit Cards: Actions Needed to Address ATM Access, Student Choice, and Transparency”. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. GAO-14-91.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Fay, Caitlin. 2017. “Aposematic Variation and the Evolution of Warning Coloration in Mammals”. 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
Hollander, Sophia. 2009. “Even Among Venerable Texts, A Torah Like No Other”. New York Times, March 8, 2009.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text

About the journal

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

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