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
Smaglik, P. (2004). An equal chance. Nature, 432(7019), 931.
A journal article with 2 authors
Carmeliet, P., & Jain, R. K. (2000). Angiogenesis in cancer and other diseases. Nature, 407(6801), 249–257.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wible, B., Mervis, J., & Wigginton, N. S. (2014). The global supply chain. Rethinking the global supply chain. Introduction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 344(6188), 1100–1103.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, Y., Botvinick, E. L., Zhao, Y., Berns, M. W., Usami, S., Tsien, R. Y., & Chien, S. (2005). Visualizing the mechanical activation of Src. Nature, 434(7036), 1040–1045.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Seeber, P., & Shander, A. (2012). Basics of Blood Management. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Rovenský, J., Herold, M., & Vašáková, M. (Eds.). (2014). Sine Syndromes in Rheumatology. Vienna: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Howard, M. (2011). You Don’t Have to Have All the Answers. In J. Loughran, K. Smith, & A. Berry (Eds.), Scientific Literacy Under the Microscope: A Whole School Approach to Science Teaching and Learning (pp. 47–57). Rotterdam: SensePublishers.

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. (2014, September 6). Incredible Video Shows Volcanic Eruption in Papua New Guinea. 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. (2000). Education for Disadvantaged Children: Research Purpose and Design Features Affect Conclusions Drawn From Key Studies (No. HEHS-00-168). 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
Joubert, B. R. (2009). Human genetic susceptibility to mother to child transmission of HIV: A study of mother-infant pairs in Malawi (Doctoral dissertation). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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
Walsh, M. W., & Goodnough, A. (2011, July 12). Edging Toward Default. New York Times, p. B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Carmeliet and Jain 2000; Smaglik 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Carmeliet and Jain 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al. 2005)

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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