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
Dupas, Pascaline. 2014. “Getting Essential Health Products to Their End Users: Subsidize, but How Much?” Science (New York, N.Y.) 345 (6202): 1279–1281.
A journal article with 2 authors
Liu, Tingyi Leo, and Chang-Jin C. J. Kim. 2014. “Repellent Surfaces. Turning a Surface Superrepellent Even to Completely Wetting Liquids.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 346 (6213): 1096–1100.
A journal article with 3 authors
Alston, Julian M., Jason M. Beddow, and Philip G. Pardey. 2009. “Agriculture. Agricultural Research, Productivity, and Food Prices in the Long Run.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 325 (5945): 1209–1210.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Zhang, Xi-Guang, David J. Siveter, Dieter Waloszek, and Andreas Maas. 2007. “An Epipodite-Bearing Crown-Group Crustacean from the Lower Cambrian.” Nature 449 (7162): 595–598.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Franco, Pedro. 2014. Understanding Bitcoin. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Lont, Maarten. 2014. Wake-up Receiver Based Ultra-Low-Power WBAN. Edited by Dusan Milosevic and Arthur van Roermund. Analog Circuits and Signal Processing. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Kemmis, Stephen, Robin McTaggart, and Rhonda Nixon. 2014. “Doing Critical Participatory Action Research: The ‘Planner’ Part.” In The Action Research Planner: Doing Critical Participatory Action Research, edited by Robin McTaggart and Rhonda Nixon, 85–114. Singapore: 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, Danielle. 2017. “Found: ‘Lost’ Forests Covering An Area Two-Thirds The Size Of Australia.” 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. Public Transit: Updated Guidance and Expanded Federal Authority Could Facilitate Bus Procurement. GAO-15-676. 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
Savage, Francis. 2014. “Effect of Dry-Wet Cycles on Fracture Propagation in Shale and Gas Production Mechanism.” Doctoral dissertation, Lafayette, LA: University of Louisiana.

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, Sara. 2000. “Books in Brief: Fiction.” New York Times, February 20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dupas 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Dupas 2014; Liu and Kim 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Liu and Kim 2014)
  • Three authors: (Alston, Beddow, and Pardey 2009)
  • 4 or more authors: (Zhang et al. 2007)

About the journal

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

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