How to format your references using the European Journal of Political Economy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Political Economy. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Shlesinger, M.F., 2001. Physics in the noise. Nature 411, 641.
A journal article with 2 authors
Reisz, R.R., Smith, M.M., 2001. Developmental biology. Lungfish dental pattern conserved for 360 Myr. Nature 411, 548.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mallatt, J., Chen, J., Holland, N.D., 2003. Comment on “A new species of yunnanozoan with implications for deuterostome evolution.” Science 300, 1372; author reply 1372.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Rey Benayas, J.M., Newton, A.C., Diaz, A., Bullock, J.M., 2009. Enhancement of biodiversity and ecosystem services by ecological restoration: a meta-analysis. Science 325, 1121–1124.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kroese, D.P., Taimre, T., Botev, Z.I., Rubinstein, R.Y., 2007. Simulation and the Monte Carlo Method: Solutions Manual to Accompany, Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Loeber, R., 2011. Young Homicide Offenders and Victims: Risk Factors, Prediction, and Prevention from Childhood, Longitudinal Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Series. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Yao, J., Li, B., 2011. Dynamic Recommendation in Collaborative Filtering Systems: A PSO Based Framework, in: Park, J.J., Jin, H., Liao, X., Zheng, R. (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Human-Centric Computing 2011 and Embedded and Multimedia Computing 2011: HumanCom & EMC 2011, Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 11–21.

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 of Political Economy.

Blog post
Fang, J., 2015. Competing Parasites Sabotage Each Other [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1993. NASA’s FMFIA Assertions and CFO Plan (No. AFMD-93-65R). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Chan, J.A., 2014. An in-home visitation program for Meals-on-Wheels recipients: 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
Kenigsberg, B., 2016. The Listings: Film Series. New York Times C26.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Shlesinger, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Reisz and Smith, 2001; Shlesinger, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Reisz and Smith, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Rey Benayas et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Political Economy
AbbreviationEur. J. Polit. Econ.
ISSN (print)0176-2680
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics
Political Science and International Relations

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