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
Dillehay, T. D. (2002). Archaeology. Climate and human migrations. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5594), 764–765.
A journal article with 2 authors
Baker, R. P., & Urban, S. (2015). Cytosolic extensions directly regulate a rhomboid protease by modulating substrate gating. Nature, 523(7558), 101–105.
A journal article with 3 authors
Helmus, M. R., Mahler, D. L., & Losos, J. B. (2014). Island biogeography of the Anthropocene. Nature, 513(7519), 543–546.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Barford, C. C., Wofsy, S. C., Goulden, M. L., Munger, J. W., Pyle, E. H., Urbanski, S. P., et al. (2001). Factors controlling long- and short-term sequestration of atmospheric CO2 in a mid-latitude forest. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5547), 1688–1691.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sundararajan, D. (2015). Discretewavelet Transform. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons, Singapore Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Sporleder, C., Bosch, A. van D., & Zervanou, K. (Eds.). (2011). Language Technology for Cultural Heritage: Selected Papers from the LaTeCH Workshop Series. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Seitz, F., & Krügel, M. (2009). Inverse Model Approach for vertical Load Deformations in Consideration of Crustal Inhomogeneities. In H. Drewes (Ed.), Geodetic Reference Frames: IAG Symposium Munich, Germany, 9-14 October 2006 (pp. 23–29). 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
Luntz, S. (2016, August 17). Sea Level Rise Could “Save” Reefs From Global Warming. 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. (1997). Federal-Aid Highway Program: Impact of the District of Columbia Emergency Highway Relief Act (No. RCED-97-162). 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
Oppenheimer, C. (2010). Use of bibliotherapy as an adjunctive therapy with bereaved children: A grant proposal (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
Wagner, J. (2017, October 27). Houston’s Bregman Works on Hitting, Fielding and Spanish. New York Times, p. SP2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dillehay 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Baker and Urban 2015; Dillehay 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Baker and Urban 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Barford et al. 2001)

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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