How to format your references using the Innovations in Education and Teaching International citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Innovations in Education and Teaching International. 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
Sarewitz, D. (2013). Science must be seen to bridge the political divide. Nature, 493(7430), 7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kaplinsky, N. J., & Barton, M. K. (2004). Plant biology. Plant acupuncture: sticking PINs in the right places. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5697), 822–823.
A journal article with 3 authors
Burtally, N., King, P. J., & Swift, M. R. (2002). Spontaneous air-driven separation in vertically vibrated fine granular mixtures. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5561), 1877–1879.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Goodridge, H. S., Reyes, C. N., Becker, C. A., Katsumoto, T. R., Ma, J., Wolf, A. J., … Underhill, D. M. (2011). Activation of the innate immune receptor Dectin-1 upon formation of a “phagocytic synapse.” Nature, 472(7344), 471–475.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Petrucelli, J. R., & Peters, J. R. (2016). Preventing Fraud and Mismanagement in Government. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Punter, A. (2016). Psychometric Framework for Modeling Parental Involvement and Reading Literacy (C. A. W. Glas & M. R. M. Meelissen, Eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Buhl, S., & McColl, D. (2015). BEDFORD’S MORPHOLOGICAL STUDIES. In D. McColl (Ed.), Henbury Craters and Meteorites: Their Discovery, History and Study (pp. 54–63). Cham: 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 Innovations in Education and Teaching International.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2015, November 11). Vast Ancient River System Discovered Under The Sahara Desert.


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. (2011). Auto Safety: NHTSA Has Options to Improve the Safety Defect Recall Process (No. GAO-11-603). 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
Jackson, R. A. (2017). Musculoskeletal Injuries in California Ocean Lifeguards (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
Kishkovsky, S. (2016, October 8). A Low-Key Birthday for Putin: Just 450 Roses. New York Times, p. A6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sarewitz, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Kaplinsky & Barton, 2004; Sarewitz, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Kaplinsky & Barton, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Burtally, King, & Swift, 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Goodridge et al., 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleInnovations in Education and Teaching International
AbbreviationInnov. Educ. Teach. Int.
ISSN (print)1470-3297
ISSN (online)1470-3300

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