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 (Euro Jnl Phil Sci). 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
Malartre, E. (2000). Words, words, words. Nature, 406(6798), 833.
A journal article with 2 authors
Robinton, D. A., & Daley, G. Q. (2012). The promise of induced pluripotent stem cells in research and therapy. Nature, 481(7381), 295–305.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tynan, C. T., DeMaster, D. P., & Peterson, W. T. (2001). Endangered right whales on the southeastern Bering Sea shelf. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5548), 1894.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Pang, S. S., Berry, R., Chen, Z., Kjer-Nielsen, L., Perugini, M. A., King, G. F., et al. (2010). The structural basis for autonomous dimerization of the pre-T-cell antigen receptor. Nature, 467(7317), 844–848.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chernick, M. R. (2011). The Essentials of Biostatistics for Physicians, Nurses, and Clinicians. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Drechsler, K., Erdt, M., Linguraru, M. G., Oyarzun Laura, C., Sharma, K., Shekhar, R., & Wesarg, S. (Eds.). (2013). Clinical Image-Based Procedures. From Planning to Intervention: International Workshop, CLIP 2012, Held in Conjunction with MICCAI 2012, Nice, France, October 5, 2012, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 7761). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Hathorn, A., & Chapman, S. C. (2014). Historical and Prospective Applications of ‘Quantitative Genomics’ in Utilising Germplasm Resources. In R. Tuberosa, A. Graner, & E. Frison (Eds.), Genomics of Plant Genetic Resources: Volume 1. Managing, sequencing and mining genetic resources (pp. 93–110). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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, October 30). Meet The Ghost Sharks And Deep-Sea Demons That Will Haunt Your Dreams. 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. (2002). Desktop Outsourcing: Positive Results Reported, but Analyses Could Be Strengthened (No. GAO-02-329). 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
Kilpatrick, R. F. (2010). A World Less Paved (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
Powell, M. (2017, May 9). Scaling Past Death. New York Times, p. SP1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Allara 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Michel-Kerjan 2015; Robinson 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Robinton and Daley 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Palliser et al. 2006)

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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