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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Education Policy. 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
Kirschner, Marc. 2008. “Profile: Bruce Alberts, Science’s New Editor.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 319 (5867): 1199.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rowley, Jodi J. L., and Ross A. Alford. 2013. “Hot Bodies Protect Amphibians against Chytrid Infection in Nature.” Scientific Reports 3: 1515.
A journal article with 3 authors
Caldeira, Ken, Atul K. Jain, and Martin I. Hoffert. 2003. “Climate Sensitivity Uncertainty and the Need for Energy without CO2 Emission.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 299 (5615): 2052–2054.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Bökel, Christian, Anja Schwabedissen, Eugeni Entchev, Olivier Renaud, and Marcos González-Gaitán. 2006. “Sara Endosomes and the Maintenance of Dpp Signaling Levels across Mitosis.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 314 (5802): 1135–1139.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Liu, Sheng, and Yong Liu. 2011. Modeling and Simulation for Microelectronic Packaging Assembly. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd.
An edited book
Dronamraju, Krishna R., and Clair A. Francomano, eds. 2012. Victor McKusick and the History of Medical Genetics. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Hughes, Diane, Mark Evans, Guy Morrow, and Sarah Keith. 2016. “The Realities of Practice.” In The New Music Industries: Disruption and Discovery, edited by Mark Evans, Guy Morrow, and Sarah Keith, 81–96. 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 Journal of Education Policy.

Blog post
Andrew, Danielle. 2016. “Bioethicist: The Climate Crisis Calls For Fewer Children.” 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. [Comments on Sequesterability of Railroad Supplemental Annuity Pension Fund]. B-229738. 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
Tate, Krista J. 2014. “Utilizing Canines in a Public School Setting: A Case Study.” Doctoral dissertation, St. Charles, MO: Lindenwood 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
Billard, Mary. 2010. “Looking Hot When It’s Cold.” New York Times, September 16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kirschner 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Kirschner 2008; Rowley and Alford 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Rowley and Alford 2013)
  • Three authors: (Caldeira, Jain, and Hoffert 2003)
  • 4 or more authors: (Bökel et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Education Policy
AbbreviationJ. Educ. Pol.
ISSN (print)0268-0939
ISSN (online)1464-5106

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