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
Marrucci, G. (2003). Materials science. Polymers go with the flow. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5640), 1681–1682.
A journal article with 2 authors
Salehi-Ashtiani, K., & Szostak, J. W. (2001). In vitro evolution suggests multiple origins for the hammerhead ribozyme. Nature, 414(6859), 82–84.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, W. K. W., Harrison, W. G., & Head, E. J. H. (2006). Coherent sign switching in multiyear trends of microbial plankton. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5764), 1157–1160.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wood, R. D., Mitchell, M., Sgouros, J., & Lindahl, T. (2001). Human DNA repair genes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5507), 1284–1289.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Thompson, D., Hogan, J. D., & Clark, P. M. (2012). Developmental Psychology in Historical Perspective. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Beckmann, V., & Padmanabhan, M. (Eds.). (2009). Institutions and Sustainability: Political Economy of Agriculture and the Environment - Essays in Honour of Konrad Hagedorn. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Roze, E., Bonnet, C., Betuing, S., & Caboche, J. (2010). Huntington’s Disease. In S. I. Ahmad (Ed.), Diseases of DNA Repair (pp. 45–63). 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 Environmental Policy & Planning.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, July 8). Exploring our Moon Today to Learn More About Earth’s Youth Billions of Years Ago. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from IFLScience website:


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. (2014). Mobile Devices: Federal Agencies’ Steps to Improve Mobile Access to Government Information and Services (No. GAO-15-69). 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
Tabano, J. G. (2013). How Former Division I Student-Athletes Experienced Their Dual Undergraduate Roles: The Internal Competition for an Identity (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Rashbaum, W. K., & McKINLEY, J. C., Jr. (2014, January 7). 106 Are Charged in Lengthy Fraud Over Disabilities. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Marrucci, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Marrucci, 2003; Salehi-Ashtiani & Szostak, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Salehi-Ashtiani & Szostak, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Li, Harrison, & Head, 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wood, Mitchell, Sgouros, & Lindahl, 2001)

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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