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
Bunk, S. 2001. “Better Microscopes Will Be Instrumental in Nanotechnology Development.” Nature 410 (6824): 127–129.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schliwa, Manfred, and Günther Woehlke. 2003. “Molecular Motors.” Nature 422 (6933): 759–765.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, Xiaoming, Yili Yang, and Jonathan D. Ashwell. 2002. “TNF-RII and c-IAP1 Mediate Ubiquitination and Degradation of TRAF2.” Nature 416 (6878): 345–347.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Mecher, Erwin, Francisco Gallego-Gómez, Hartwig Tillmann, Hans-Heinrich Hörhold, Jan C. Hummelen, and Klaus Meerholz. 2002. “Near-Infrared Sensitivity Enhancement of Photorefractive Polymer Composites by Pre-Illumination.” Nature 418 (6901): 959–964.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gray, Richard. 2011. A History of American Literature. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Tymieniecka, Anna-Teresa, ed. 2006. Logos of Phenomenology and Phenomenology of the Logos. Book Two: The Human Condition in-the-Unity-of-Everything-There-Is-Alive. Individuation, Self, Person, Self-Determination, Freedom, Necessity. Vol. 89. Analecta Husserliana, The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Ursani, Ahsan Ahmad, Kidiyo Kpalma, Joseph Ronsin, Aftab Ahmad Memon, and Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry. 2009. “Improved Texture Description with Features Based on Fourier Transform.” In Wireless Networks, Information Processing and Systems: International Multi Topic Conference, IMTIC 2008 Jamshoro, Pakistan, April 11-12, 2008 Revised Selected Papers, edited by D. M. Akbar Hussain, Abdul Qadeer Khan Rajput, Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry, and Quintin Gee, 19–28. Communications in Computer and Information Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Journal of Education Policy.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2015. “Scientists Search For The Origins Of Alzheimer’s In Space.” 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. Intercity Passenger Rail: Amtrak Will Continue to Have Difficulty Controlling Its Costs and Meeting Capital Needs. RCED-00-138. 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
Klippel, Shirley A. 2005. “The Celtic Siren: A Case Study of William Sharp’s Seduction Experience in Which the Numinous Other Is Understood and Interpreted.” Doctoral dissertation, Carpinteria, CA: Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Kelly, Richard. 2008. “QUOTATION OF THE DAY.” New York Times, June 6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bunk 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Bunk 2001; Schliwa and Woehlke 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Schliwa and Woehlke 2003)
  • Three authors: (Li, Yang, and Ashwell 2002)
  • 4 or more authors: (Mecher et al. 2002)

About the journal

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

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