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
Spottiswoode, Claire N. 2013. “Evolution. How Cooperation Defeats Cheats”. Science (New York, N.Y.) 342, no. 6165: 1452–53.
A journal article with 2 authors
Insel, Thomas R., and Bruce N. Cuthbert. 2015. “Medicine. Brain Disorders? Precisely”. Science (New York, N.Y.) 348, no. 6234: 499–500.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ferrari, G., A. Stornaiuolo, and F. Mavilio. 2001. “Failure to Correct Murine Muscular Dystrophy”. Nature 411, no. 6841: 1014–15.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Nemeth, Elizabeta, Marie S. Tuttle, Julie Powelson, Michael B. Vaughn, Adriana Donovan, Diane Mcvey Ward, Tomas Ganz, and Jerry Kaplan. 2004. “Hepcidin Regulates Cellular Iron Efflux by Binding to Ferroportin and Inducing Its Internalization”. Science (New York, N.Y.) 306, no. 5704: 2090–93.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zanotto, Edgar D. 2013. Crystals in Glass. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Tan, Kok-Yang, ed. 2013. Colorectal Cancer in the Elderly. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Interdonato, Roberto, and Andrea Tagarelli. 2016. “To Trust or Not to Trust Lurkers?: Evaluation of Lurking and Trustworthiness in Ranking Problems”. In Advances in Network Science: 12th International Conference and School, NetSci-X 2016, Wroclaw, Poland, January 11-13, 2016, Proceedings, edited by Adam Wierzbicki, Ulrik Brandes, Frank Schweitzer, and Dino Pedreschi, 43–56. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
Andrews, Robin. 2016. “Getting Married On Valentine’s Day? You’re More Likely To Get Divorced, Claims Study”. IFLScience. IFLScience. Last modified September 30, 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. 1992. “DOT Headquarters: Unclear Whether Union Station Site Is Best Location”. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. GGD-92-126.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Theodore, Jamal A. 2014. “A Framework for Comparative Analysis of Gene Expressions and Mutations Linked to Cancer”. Doctoral dissertation, Washington, DC: George Washington University.

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
Hodara, Susan. 2015. “Art and Its Inspiration, Side by Side”. New York Times, July 12, 2015.

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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