How to format your references using the International Journal of Lifelong Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Lifelong Education. 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
Marchio, E. A. (2015). My metamorphosis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 347(6218), 206.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zoncu, R., & Sabatini, D. M. (2011). Cell biology. The TASCC of secretion. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6032), 923–925.
A journal article with 3 authors
Giulini, A., Wang, J., & Jackson, D. (2004). Control of phyllotaxy by the cytokinin-inducible response regulator homologue ABPHYL1. Nature, 430(7003), 1031–1034.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Woodcroft, B. J., Singleton, C. M., Boyd, J. A., Evans, P. N., Emerson, J. B., Zayed, A. A. F., Hoelzle, R. D., Lamberton, T. O., McCalley, C. K., Hodgkins, S. B., Wilson, R. M., Purvine, S. O., Nicora, C. D., Li, C., Frolking, S., Chanton, J. P., Crill, P. M., Saleska, S. R., Rich, V. I., & Tyson, G. W. (2018). Genome-centric view of carbon processing in thawing permafrost. Nature, 560(7716), 49–54.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bragg, S. M. (2009). Controllership. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Weickert, J., Hein, M., & Schiele, B. (Eds.). (2013). Pattern Recognition: 35th German Conference, GCPR 2013, Saarbrücken, Germany, September 3-6, 2013. Proceedings (Vol. 8142). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kitt, R. (2014). Economic Decision Making: Application of the Theory of Complex Systems. In S. Banerjee, Ş. Ş. Erçetin, & A. Tekin (Eds.), Chaos Theory in Politics (pp. 51–73). Springer Netherlands.

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 International Journal of Lifelong Education.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, April 22). Rare Quadruple Rainbow Spotted In New York. 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. (1988). Engineering Research Centers: NSF Program Management and Industry Sponsorship (RCED-88-177). 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
Butts, P. (2017). Green Roof Vegetable Production in Three Different Growth Media [Doctoral dissertation]. Southern Illinois 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
Wagner, J. (2016, October 27). Cubs Pull Even as the Indians’ Play Proves Sloppier Than the Weather. New York Times, B13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Marchio, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Marchio, 2015; Zoncu & Sabatini, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Zoncu & Sabatini, 2011)
  • Three authors: (Giulini et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Woodcroft et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Lifelong Education
AbbreviationInt. J. Lifelong Educ.
ISSN (print)0260-1370
ISSN (online)1464-519X
Life-span and Life-course Studies

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