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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal for Philosophy of Science. 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
Rak, J. (2015). Cancer: Organ-seeking vesicles. Nature, 527(7578), 312–314.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bintanja, R., & van der Linden, E. C. (2013). The changing seasonal climate in the Arctic. Scientific reports, 3, 1556.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brengues, M., Teixeira, D., & Parker, R. (2005). Movement of eukaryotic mRNAs between polysomes and cytoplasmic processing bodies. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5747), 486–489.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Riehle, M. M., Guelbeogo, W. M., Gneme, A., Eiglmeier, K., Holm, I., Bischoff, E., et al. (2011). A cryptic subgroup of Anopheles gambiae is highly susceptible to human malaria parasites. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6017), 596–598.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Edelstein, L. N., & Waehler, C. A. (2011). What Do I Say? Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Nešetřil, J. (2012). Sparsity: Graphs, Structures, and Algorithms. (P. Ossona de Mendez, Ed.) (Vol. 28). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Brezinski, C., & Tournès, D. (2014). The method of Cholesky for linear systems. In D. Tournès (Ed.), André-Louis Cholesky: Mathematician, Topographer and Army Officer (pp. 77–122). 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 Science.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, June 11). How To Guard Your Career Against Rapid Technological Change. IFLScience. IFLScience. 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. (2010). Campaign Finance Reform: Additional Information Related to Program Goals in Two States Offering Full Public Funding for Political Candidates (GAO-10-391SP), an E-supplement to GAO-10-390 (No. GAO-10-391SP). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Megowan, G. (2012). A correlation study of emotional intelligence and behavioral style of bio-pharmaceutical industry District Sales Managers (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, 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
Wagner, J. (2017, May 29). Harvey Picks Up a Win, With Plenty of Support. New York Times, p. D6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rak 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Bintanja and van der Linden 2013; Rak 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Bintanja and van der Linden 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Riehle et al. 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Science
AbbreviationEur. J. Philos. Sci.
ISSN (print)1879-4912
ISSN (online)1879-4920
ScopeHistory and Philosophy of Science

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