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
Deweerdt, S. (2014). Aetiology: Crucial clues. Nature, 513(7517), S12-3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Goldblatt, C., & Zahnle, K. J. (2011). Faint young Sun paradox remains. Nature, 474(7349), E3-4; discussion E4-5.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kokoeva, M. V., Yin, H., & Flier, J. S. (2005). Neurogenesis in the hypothalamus of adult mice: potential role in energy balance. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5748), 679–683.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Artzy-Randrup, Y., Fleishman, S. J., Ben-Tal, N., & Stone, L. (2004). Comment on “Network motifs: simple building blocks of complex networks” and “Superfamilies of evolved and designed networks.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5687), 1107; author reply 1107.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown, C. (2010). Fibonacci Analysis. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lea, D., & Zavattaro, G. (Eds.). (2008). Coordination Models and Languages: 10th International Conference, COORDINATION 2008, Oslo, Norway, June 4-6, 2008. Proceedings (Vol. 5052). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Chibbaro, S., Rondoni, L., & Vulpiani, A. (2014). From Microscopic Reversibility to Macroscopic Irreversibility. In L. Rondoni & A. Vulpiani (Eds.), Reductionism, Emergence and Levels of Reality: The Importance of Being Borderline (pp. 71–97). 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
Fang, J. (2015, February 6). Bilingual Chimps Can Grunt “Apple” in Two Languages. 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. (2012). Social Security Administration: Technology Modernization Needs Improved Planning and Performance Measures (No. GAO-12-723T). 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
Doddick, S. (2012). Noncontact 2D Plethysmography: A non-invasive technique for monitoring dynamic trends in a respiratory system (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
Kovaleski, S. F. (2015, January 28). All the Presidents’ Memorabilia. New York Times, p. C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Deweerdt 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Deweerdt 2014; Goldblatt and Zahnle 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Goldblatt and Zahnle 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Artzy-Randrup et al. 2004)

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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