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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Social Work. 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
Tielens, A. G. G. M. (2003). Planetary science. Peering into stardust. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5616), 68–71.
A journal article with 2 authors
Claustre, H., & Maritorena, S. (2003). Ocean science. The many shades of ocean blue. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5650), 1514–1515.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lee, J. B., Park, C., & Seoul National University Investigation Committee. (2006). Molecular genetics: verification that Snuppy is a clone. Nature, 440(7081), E2-3.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Huang, S.-W., Lin, J.-W., Wang, W.-T., Wu, C.-W., Liou, T.-H., & Lin, H.-W. (2014). Hyperthyroidism is a risk factor for developing adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder: a nationwide longitudinal population-based study. Scientific Reports, 4, 4183.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Duffy, D. J. (2006). Introduction to C++ for Financial Engineers. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Mordini, A., & Faigl, F. (Eds.). (2008). New Methodologies and Techniques for a Sustainable Organic Chemistry (Vol. 246). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Griesbeck, M., & Altfeld, M. (2015). Sex Differences in the Manifestations of HIV-1 Infection. In S. L. Klein & C. W. Roberts (Eds.), Sex and Gender Differences in Infection and Treatments for Infectious Diseases (pp. 103–181). Springer International Publishing.

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 Social Work.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2016, December 1). Swimming The Atlantic Is An Extreme Act Of Human Endurance – Here’s What The Body Will Go Through. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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). Inadequate Monitoring of U.S. Merchant Tanker Fleet Hampers Mobilization Planning (LCD-79-215). 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
Martin, L. K. (2016). Norway leads the world in gender equality and work-life balance: A qualitative life course study of Norwegian women [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine University.

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
Vecsey, G. (2015, March 25). M.L.S. Takes the Next Step, but Its Fans Are One Ahead. New York Times, B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Tielens, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Claustre & Maritorena, 2003; Tielens, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Claustre & Maritorena, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Lee et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Huang et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Social Work
AbbreviationEur. J. Soc. Work
ISSN (print)1369-1457
ISSN (online)1468-2664
ScopeSocial Sciences (miscellaneous)
Sociology and Political Science

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