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
Buckingham, S. (2003). Seeing is believing. Nature, 425(6954), 211.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dezhina, I., & Graham, L. (2000). Is Russian science recovering? Nature, 408(6808), 19–20.
A journal article with 3 authors
De Marco García, N. V., Karayannis, T., & Fishell, G. (2011). Neuronal activity is required for the development of specific cortical interneuron subtypes. Nature, 472(7343), 351–355.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Farahany, N. A., Greely, H. T., Hyman, S., Koch, C., Grady, C., Pașca, S. P., … Song, H. (2018). The ethics of experimenting with human brain tissue. Nature, 556(7702), 429–432.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zneimer, S. M. (2014). Cytogenetic Abnormalities. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Elkadi, M. (2007). Introduction à la résolution des systèmes polynomiaux. (B. Mourrain, Ed.) (Vol. 59). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Piet, J., Fjorback, L., & Santorelli, S. (2016). What Is Required to Teach Mindfulness Effectively in MBSR and MBCT? In E. Shonin, W. V. Gordon, & M. D. Griffiths (Eds.), Mindfulness and Buddhist-Derived Approaches in Mental Health and Addiction (pp. 61–83). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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. (2014, July 3). Meteorite Find May Be The Key To Evolutionary Event. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2007). Older Driver Safety: Knowledge Sharing Should Help States Prepare for Increase in Older Driver Population (No. GAO-07-413). 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
Hasbini, M. A. (2017). The Great Recession of 2007 and the Housing Market Crash: Why Did So Many Builders Fail? Lessons for the Local Homebuilding Industry (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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, M. (2013, November 15). Murder Charge In a Case Tied To Race Issues. 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 (Fuyuno, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Callaway, 2007; Fauci, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Dezhina & Graham, 2000)
  • Three authors: (De Marco García, Karayannis, & Fishell, 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Russo et al., 2000)

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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