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
Blackburn, G. L. (2001). Pasteur’s Quadrant and malnutrition. Nature, 409(6818), 397–401.
A journal article with 2 authors
Nishioka, K., & Reinberg, D. (2001). Transcription. Switching partners in a regulatory tango. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5551), 2497–2498.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ding, W. W., Murray, F., & Stuart, T. E. (2006). Gender differences in patenting in the academic life sciences. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5787), 665–667.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Krimpenfort, P., Ijpenberg, A., Song, J.-Y., van der Valk, M., Nawijn, M., Zevenhoven, J., & Berns, A. (2007). p15Ink4b is a critical tumour suppressor in the absence of p16Ink4a. Nature, 448(7156), 943–946.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Glisic, S. G. (2011). Advanced Wireless Communications & Internet. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Rajeshwar, K., McConnell, R., & Licht, S. (Eds.). (2008). Solar Hydrogen Generation: Toward a Renewable Energy Future. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gladyshev, P., & Almansoori, A. (2011). Reliable Acquisition of RAM Dumps from Intel-Based Apple Mac Computers over FireWire. In I. Baggili (Ed.), Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime: Second International ICST Conference, ICDF2C 2010, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 4-6, 2010, Revised Selected Papers (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
O`Callaghan, J. (2015, September 14). You Can Watch Wild Orcas In Action Thanks To These New Live Cameras. 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. (2002). Weekend Settlement: Potential Benefits, Costs, and Legal Issues (GAO-02-938). 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
Lee, S. B. (2009). Localizing the effects of link flooding attacks in the Internet [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
Detrick, B. (2017, July 5). A Beachside Rave, by Way of Brooklyn. New York Times, D6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Blackburn, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Blackburn, 2001; Nishioka & Reinberg, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Nishioka & Reinberg, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Ding et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Krimpenfort et al., 2007)

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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