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
Selker, E.U. (2003). Molecular biology. A self-help guide for a trim genome. Science (New York, N.Y.) 300(5625): 1517–1518.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sherwood, S. & Fu, Q. (2014). Climate change. A drier future? Science (New York, N.Y.) 343(6172): 737–739.
A journal article with 3 authors
Song, H., Stevens, C.F. & Gage, F.H. (2002). Astroglia induce neurogenesis from adult neural stem cells. Nature 417(6884): 39–44.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Jia, Q., Liu, Y., Liu, H. & Li, S. (2014). Mmp1 and Mmp2 cooperatively induce Drosophila fat body cell dissociation with distinct roles. Scientific reports 4: 7535.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Courant, R. & McShane, E.J. (1988). Differential and Integral Calculus. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Baeza-Yates, R., Glaz, J., Gzyl, H., Hüsler, J. & Palacios, J.L. (eds.). (2005). Recent Advances in Applied Probability. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Scherer, G.G. (2013). Fuel Cell Types and Their Electrochemistry. In K.-D. Kreuer (ed.), Fuel Cells: Selected Entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology. 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 of Political Research.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, March 24). What To Do When You’re Dead: Science Edition. 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. (1979). Weaknesses in National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Facilities Utilization Program (No. PSAD-79-53). 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
Kraynik, M.J. (2009). Perceptions of U.S. Navy managers toward telecommuting as a management approach: A phenomenological study (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Saslow, L. (2006, May 28). With a Push, Schools Win On Budgets. New York Times, p. LI1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Selker, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Selker, 2003; Sherwood & Fu, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Sherwood & Fu, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Jia et al., 2014)

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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