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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Sport Science. 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
Johnson, K. (2002). Astronomy. Infant globular clusters. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5582), 776–777.
A journal article with 2 authors
Moser, A. L., & Bellan, P. M. (2012). Magnetic reconnection from a multiscale instability cascade. Nature, 482(7385), 379–381.
A journal article with 3 authors
Collins, P. G., Arnold, M. S., & Avouris, P. (2001). Engineering carbon nanotubes and nanotube circuits using electrical breakdown. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5517), 706–709.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zeng, X., Goetz, J. A., Suber, L. M., Scott, W. J., Jr, Schreiner, C. M., & Robbins, D. J. (2001). A freely diffusible form of Sonic hedgehog mediates long-range signalling. Nature, 411(6838), 716–720.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Frikha, M. (2013). Ad Hoc Networks. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Sanchez, A. R. (2010). Technical Support Essentials: Advice You Can Use to Succeed in Technical Support (J. Pepper, C. Andres, S. Anglin, M. Beckner, E. Buckingham, G. Cornell, J. Gennick, J. Hassell, M. Lowman, M. Moodie, D. Parkes, F. Pohlmann, D. Pundick, B. Renow-Clarke, D. Shakeshaft, M. Wade, T. Welsh, J. Markham, & K. Stence, Eds.). Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Awange, J. L., Grafarend, E. W., Paláncz, B., & Zaletnyik, P. (2010). Groebner basis. In E. W. Grafarend, B. Paláncz, & P. Zaletnyik (Eds.), Algebraic Geodesy and Geoinformatics (pp. 33–47). 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 Sport Science.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2017, March 14). Third Law Of Thermodynamics Proven By Finding The Maximum Speed Of Cooling. 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. (2000). Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Light Truck Average Fuel Economy Standard, Model Year 2002 (OGC-00-28). 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
D’Ambrosio, J. L. (2013). Perspectives on the Geomorphic Evolution and Ecology of Modified Channels and Two-Stage Ditches in the Agriculturally-Dominated Midwestern United States [Doctoral dissertation]. Ohio State 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. (2011, May 29). Success and Scandal Can Leave Everyone Weary. New York Times, SP7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Johnson, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Johnson, 2002; Moser & Bellan, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Moser & Bellan, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Collins et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zeng et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Sport Science
AbbreviationEJSS (Champaign)
ISSN (print)1746-1391
ISSN (online)1536-7290
ScopeGeneral Medicine
Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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