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
Mooijaart, S. (2004). Scientists and societies. Young genomicists get connected. Nature, 429(6988), 226.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vance, V., & Vaucheret, H. (2001). RNA silencing in plants--defense and counterdefense. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5525), 2277–2280.
A journal article with 3 authors
Prahlad, V., Pilgrim, D., & Goodwin, E. B. (2003). Roles for mating and environment in C. elegans sex determination. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5647), 1046–1049.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Stanley, S., Elkins-Tanton, L., Zuber, M. T., & Parmentier, E. M. (2008). Mars’ paleomagnetic field as the result of a single-hemisphere dynamo. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5897), 1822–1825.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pike, A. (2015). Origination. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Obukhovskii, V. (2013). Method of Guiding Functions in Problems of Nonlinear Analysis. (P. Zecca, N. Van Loi, & S. Kornev, Eds.) (Vol. 2076). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Du, D.-Z., & Wan, P.-J. (2013). Weighted CDS in Unit Disk Graph. In P.-J. Wan (Ed.), Connected Dominating Set: Theory and Applications (pp. 77–104). New York, NY: 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
Carpineti, A. (2016, September 1). The First Stars In The Universe Formed Later Than We Thought. 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. (2010). Aviation Weather: Agencies Need to Improve Performance Measurement and Fully Address Key Challenges (No. GAO-10-843). 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
Witowski, L. L. (2008). The relationship between instructional delivery methods and student learning preferences: What contributes to student satisfaction in an online learning environment? (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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. (2016, August 25). Bruce Limps Off, and the Mets Crumble. New York Times, p. B13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mooijaart 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Mooijaart 2004; Vance and Vaucheret 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Vance and Vaucheret 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Stanley et al. 2008)

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

Other styles