How to format your references using the Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Manchester, R. N. (2004). Observational properties of pulsars. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5670), 542–546.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kaidi, A., & Jackson, S. P. (2013). KAT5 tyrosine phosphorylation couples chromatin sensing to ATM signalling. Nature, 498(7452), 70–74.
A journal article with 3 authors
Harvey, C. D., Coen, P., & Tank, D. W. (2012). Choice-specific sequences in parietal cortex during a virtual-navigation decision task. Nature, 484(7392), 62–68.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Majo, F., Rochat, A., Nicolas, M., Jaoudé, G. A., & Barrandon, Y. (2008). Oligopotent stem cells are distributed throughout the mammalian ocular surface. Nature, 456(7219), 250–254.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lane, C. (2011). Magnolia. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Olson, M. O. J. (Ed.). (2011). The Nucleolus (Vol. 15). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Birch, S., Alraek, T., Kim, K. H., & Lee, M. S. (2016). Placebo-Controlled Trials in Acupuncture: Problems and Solutions. In S.-W. Leung & H. Hu (Eds.), Evidence-based Research Methods for Chinese Medicine (pp. 55–64). 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 Environmental Policy & Planning.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2016, October 12). Wingless Wasp Was The Platypus Of The Cretaceous. 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. (1971). Contract With Education, Training, and Research Sciences Corporation for Processing Applications To Serve in the VISTA Program (B-164031(1)). 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
Shen, H. (2009). Organization -employee relationships model: A two -sided story [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Saslow, L. (2007, November 4). From Restaurant Fryers, A Petroleum Alternative. New York Times, 14LI6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Manchester, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Kaidi & Jackson, 2013; Manchester, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Kaidi & Jackson, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Harvey et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Majo et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Environmental Policy & Planning
AbbreviationJ. Environ. Policy Plann.
ISSN (print)1523-908X
ISSN (online)1522-7200
ScopeManagement, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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