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
Barker, P. A. (2007). Atmospheric science. The monsoon’s past. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5829), 1295–1296.
A journal article with 2 authors
Scott, S. H., & Crevecoeur, F. (2014). Neuroscience: Feedback throttled down for smooth moves. Nature, 509(7498), 38–39.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kim, J.-E., Chen, J., & Lou, Z. (2008). DBC1 is a negative regulator of SIRT1. Nature, 451(7178), 583–586.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lee, S. S.-J., Soo-Jin Lee, S., Bolnick, D. A., Duster, T., Ossorio, P., & Tallbear, K. (2009). Genetics. The illusive gold standard in genetic ancestry testing. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5936), 38–39.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chen, K. (2015). Performance Evaluation by Simulation and Analysis with Applications to Computer Networks. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Gullberg, D. (Ed.). (2014). I Domain Integrins (Vol. 819). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Guck, D., Hatefi, H., Hermanns, H., Katoen, J.-P., & Timmer, M. (2013). Modelling, Reduction and Analysis of Markov Automata. In K. Joshi, M. Siegle, M. Stoelinga, & P. R. D’Argenio (Eds.), Quantitative Evaluation of Systems: 10th International Conference, QEST 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 27-30, 2013. Proceedings (pp. 55–71). 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 Science.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, November 21). Mysterious 55-Million-Year-Old Rhino-Horse Relative Found in India. 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. (1982). National Science Foundation Management Review of Research Grant Award Recommendations (No. PAD-82-49). 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
Liu, C. C. (2012). Charles T. Griffes’s “Roman Sketches”: A performer’s guide (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
Kelly, C. (2010, June 11). A Ball Field That Feels Like Home. New York Times, p. C31.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Barker 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Barker 2007; Scott and Crevecoeur 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Scott and Crevecoeur 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Lee et al. 2009)

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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