How to format your references using the Journal of Common Market Studies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS). 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
Triendl, R. (2002) ‘Attractive Forces in Asia’. Nature, Vol. 418, No. 6898, pp. 4–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Laskar, J. and Gastineau, M. (2009) ‘Existence of Collisional Trajectories of Mercury, Mars and Venus with the Earth’. Nature, Vol. 459, No. 7248, pp. 817–819.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ohmoto, H., Watanabe, Y. and Kumazawa, K. (2004) ‘Evidence from Massive Siderite Beds for a CO2-Rich Atmosphere before Approximately 1.8 Billion Years Ago’. Nature, Vol. 429, No. 6990, pp. 395–399.
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Glover, J. D., Reganold, J. P., Bell, L. W., Borevitz, J., Brummer, E. C., Buckler, E. S., Cox, C. M., Cox, T. S., Crews, T. E., Culman, S. W., DeHaan, L. R., Eriksson, D., Gill, B. S., Holland, J., Hu, F., Hulke, B. S., Ibrahim, A. M. H., Jackson, W., Jones, S. S., Murray, S. C., Paterson, A. H., Ploschuk, E., Sacks, E. J., Snapp, S., Tao, D., Van Tassel, D. L., Wade, L. J., Wyse, D. L. and Xu, Y. (2010) ‘Agriculture. Increased Food and Ecosystem Security via Perennial Grains’. Science (New York, N.Y.), Vol. 328, No. 5986, pp. 1638–1639.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Marvin, S. (2010) Dictionary of Scientific Principles (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
Mizio, R. D. and Scaglione, M. (eds) (2007) Ileo Meccanico Dell’intestino Tenue: Aspetti TC e Correlazioni Eco-Radiografiche (Milano: Springer).
A chapter in an edited book
Wight, C. (2013) ‘Morphogenesis, Continuity and Change in the International Political System’. In Archer, M. S. (ed) Social Morphogenesis (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands), pp. 85–101.

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 Journal of Common Market Studies.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2017) Astronomers Finally See The Faint Swirling Halo Surrounding An Active Galaxy, IFLScience. Available at «».


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) ‘Competition in the Airline Computerized Reservation System Industry’ (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
Maafi, N. (2017) Assessment of Volatile Metabolites for In Situ Detection of Fungal Decay of Wood, Doctoral dissertation, (Mississippi State, MS: Mississippi 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
Brantley, B. (2017) ‘Whistling a Happy Tune in a Perverse Universe’, New York Times ( 14 February 2017).

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Triendl, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Triendl, 2002; Laskar and Gastineau, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Laskar and Gastineau, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Glover et al., 2010)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Common Market Studies
AbbreviationJ. Common Mark. Stud.
ISSN (print)0021-9886
ISSN (online)1468-5965
ScopeGeneral Business, Management and Accounting
Business and International Management
Economics and Econometrics
Political Science and International Relations

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