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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Population. 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
Ferguson, C. D. (2011). Do not phase out nuclear power - yet. Nature, 471(7339), 411.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ho, L., & Crabtree, G. R. (2010). Chromatin remodelling during development. Nature, 463(7280), 474–484.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bourne, P. E., Lorsch, J. R., & Green, E. D. (2015). Perspective: Sustaining the big-data ecosystem. Nature, 527(7576), S16-7.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kranendijk, M., Struys, E. A., van Schaftingen, E., Gibson, K. M., Kanhai, W. A., van der Knaap, M. S., et al. (2010). IDH2 mutations in patients with D-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6002), 336.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Williamson, T. (2013). Identity and Discrimination. The Atrium, Southern Gate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8SQ, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Allison, B. Z., Dunne, S., Leeb, R., Del R. Millán, J., & Nijholt, A. (Eds.). (2013). Towards Practical Brain-Computer Interfaces: Bridging the Gap from Research to Real-World Applications. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Pronzato, L., & Pázman, A. (2013). Local Optimality Criteria Based on Asymptotic Normality. In A. Pázman (Ed.), Design of Experiments in Nonlinear Models: Asymptotic Normality, Optimality Criteria and Small-Sample Properties (pp. 105–165). 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 Population.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2017, January 30). America’s Nobel Success Is The Story Of Immigrants. 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. (1980). Federal Agency Roles and Responsibilities for Emergency Communications Need Clarification (No. LCD-80-91). 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
Peterson, D. G. (2012). An application of geotechnical techniques to quantitative regional slope stability analysis San Clemente, California (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
Wagner, J. (2016, September 20). Syndergaard Stumbles en Route to a Potential Wild-Card Start. New York Times, p. B11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ferguson 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Ferguson 2011; Ho and Crabtree 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Ho and Crabtree 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Kranendijk et al. 2010)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Population
AbbreviationEur. J. Popul.
ISSN (print)0168-6577
ISSN (online)1572-9885

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