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
Kamel, F. (2013). Epidemiology. Paths from pesticides to Parkinson’s. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6147), 722–723.
A journal article with 2 authors
Regev, A., & Shapiro, E. (2002). Cells as computation. Nature, 419(6905), 343.
A journal article with 3 authors
Barth, J. V., Costantini, G., & Kern, K. (2005). Engineering atomic and molecular nanostructures at surfaces. Nature, 437(7059), 671–679.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tumino, A., Spitaleri, C., La Cognata, M., Cherubini, S., Guardo, G. L., Gulino, M., … Trache, L. (2018). An increase in the 12C + 12C fusion rate from resonances at astrophysical energies. Nature, 557(7707), 687–690.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anderson, J. C., & Naeim, F. (2012). Basic Structural Dynamics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Levitsky, I. A. (2012). Photophysics of Carbon Nanotubes Interfaced with Organic and Inorganic Materials. (W. B. Euler & V. A. Karachevtsev, Eds.). London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Sezer, V., Boyraz, P., Ercan, Z., Dikilitaş, Ç., Heceoğlu, H., Öner, A., … Gökaşan, M. (2014). Unmanned Ground Vehicle Otonobil: Design, Perception, and Decision Algorithms. In G. Schmidt, H. Abut, K. Takeda, & J. H. L. Hansen (Eds.), Smart Mobile In-Vehicle Systems: Next Generation Advancements (pp. 47–56). 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. (2014, November 19). NASA Scientists Create Biodegradable Fungus Drone. 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). Digital Television Transition: Preliminary Information on Progress of the DTV Transition (No. GAO-08-191T). 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
Charles, J.-G. (2017). African American Ninth-Grade Students’ Engagement and Learning in Mathematics: A Case Study of Parent-Teacher Collaboration (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

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
Grynbaum, M. M., & Kelly, K. (2017, September 21). Ousted Federal Prosecutor, a Trump Critic, Will Join CNN as an Analyst. New York Times, p. B4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kamel, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Kamel, 2013; Regev & Shapiro, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Regev & Shapiro, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Barth, Costantini, & Kern, 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Tumino et al., 2018)

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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