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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Political Research. 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
Smith, C. (2005). Genomics: big tasks for small molecules. Nature 435(7044): 991.
A journal article with 2 authors
Braine, J. & Herpin, F. (2004). Molecular hydrogen beyond the optical edge of an isolated spiral galaxy. Nature 432(7015): 369–371.
A journal article with 3 authors
Xi, Z., Khoo, C.C.H. & Dobson, S.L. (2005). Wolbachia establishment and invasion in an Aedes aegypti laboratory population. Science (New York, N.Y.) 310(5746): 326–328.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Draganski, B., Gaser, C., Busch, V., Schuierer, G., Bogdahn, U. & May, A. (2004). Neuroplasticity: changes in grey matter induced by training. Nature 427(6972): 311–312.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Remy, J.-G. & Letamendia, C. (2014). LTE Standards. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Leonardis, A., Bischof, H. & Pinz, A. (eds.). (2006). Computer Vision – ECCV 2006: 9th European Conference on Computer Vision, Graz, Austria, May 7-13, 2006, Proceedings, Part III (Vol. 3953). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Haupt, S.E. (2009). Introduction to Genetic Algorithms. In S. E. Haupt, A. Pasini & C. Marzban (eds.), Artificial Intelligence Methods in the Environmental Sciences. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Research.

Blog post
Evans, K. (2016, December 30). Watch What Happens When You Shoot An “Unbreakable” Prince Rupert’s Drop With A Bullet. IFLScience. IFLScience. Retrieved 30 October 2018, from


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. (1990). Drug Education: School-Based Programs Seen as Useful but Impact Unknown (No. HRD-91-27). 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
Machula, M. (2014). Understanding and Predicting Teachers’ Knowledge of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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. (2014, June 22). Film Delves Into Lives of Strippers in Dallas. New York Times, p. A27B.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smith, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Braine & Herpin, 2004; Smith, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Braine & Herpin, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Draganski et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Political Research
AbbreviationEur. J. Polit. Res.
ISSN (print)0304-4130
ISSN (online)1475-6765
ScopeSociology and Political Science

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