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
Gittis, Aryn. 2012. “Eppendorf Finalist. Striatal Interneurons: Causes of or Cures for Movement Disorders?” Science (New York, N.Y.) 338 (6103): 59.
A journal article with 2 authors
Steinman, Ralph M., and Jacques Banchereau. 2007. “Taking Dendritic Cells into Medicine.” Nature 449 (7161): 419–426.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu, Hongsheng, Junfeng Gao, and Jijun Zhao. 2013. “From Boron Cluster to Two-Dimensional Boron Sheet on Cu(111) Surface: Growth Mechanism and Hole Formation.” Scientific Reports 3 (November): 3238.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Caulier, Guillaume, Patrick Flammang, Pascal Gerbaux, and Igor Eeckhaut. 2013. “When a Repellent Becomes an Attractant: Harmful Saponins Are Kairomones Attracting the Symbiotic Harlequin Crab.” Scientific Reports 3: 2639.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Groves, Eric. 2009. The Constant Contact Guide to Email Marketing. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Biel, Anders, Daniel Eek, Tommy Gärling, and Mathias Gustafsson, eds. 2008. New Issues and Paradigms in Research on Social Dilemmas. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Choi, Tsan-Ming, and Chun-Hung Chiu. 2012. “Mean-Risk Analysis: Conclusion, Future Research and Extensions.” In Risk Analysis in Stochastic Supply Chains: A Mean-Risk Approach, edited by Chun-Hung Chiu, 87–95. International Series in Operations Research & Management Science. New York, NY: 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
O`Callaghan, Jonathan. 2015. “Space-Grown Salad To Be Eaten On ISS For The First Time.” 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. 2015. International Space Station: Measurable Performance Targets and Documentation Needed to Better Assess Management of National Laboratory. GAO-15-397. 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
Zavarella, Carol A. 2008. “Computer -Based Instruction and Remedial Mathematics: A Study of Student Retention at a Florida Community College.” Doctoral dissertation, Tampa, FL: University of South Florida.

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
Davey, Monica, and Mary Williams Walsh. 2014. “One Judge to Decide the Future of Detroit.” New York Times, August 31.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gittis 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Gittis 2012; Steinman and Banchereau 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Steinman and Banchereau 2007)
  • Three authors: (Liu, Gao, and Zhao 2013)
  • 4 or more authors: (Caulier et al. 2013)

About the journal

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

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