How to format your references using the Journal of European Public Policy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of European Public Policy (RJPP). 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Struhl, K. (2001) ‘Gene regulation. A paradigm for precision’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 293(5532): 1054–1055.
A journal article with 2 authors
Smetacek, V. and Cloern, J. E. (2008) ‘Oceans. On phytoplankton trends’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 319(5868): 1346–1348.
A journal article with 3 authors
Skoglund, G., Nockert, M. and Holst, B. (2013) ‘Viking and early Middle Ages northern Scandinavian textiles proven to be made with hemp’, Scientific reports 3: 2686.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Yuan, G.-C. et al. (2005) ‘Genome-scale identification of nucleosome positions in S. cerevisiae’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 309(5734): 626–630.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Li, Y. (2015) Computer Principles and Design in Verilog HDL, Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Ahmad, A. (ed.) (2013) Breast Cancer Metastasis and Drug Resistance: Progress and Prospects, New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
da Costa, A. C., Rebelo, F. and Teles, J. (2016) ‘Child-Persona: What I Think to What They Are’, in F. Rebelo and M. Soares (eds). Advances in Ergonomics in Design: Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, July 27-31, 2016, Walt Disney World®, Florida, USA. Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 43–51.

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 European Public Policy.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015) Pseudoscience And Conspiracy Theory Are Not Victimless Crimes Against Science, 4 June 2015,  IFLScience, available at (accessed October 2018).


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 (2012) Passenger Rail Security: Consistent Incident Reporting and Analysis Needed to Achieve Program Objectives, 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
Rehman, J. L. (2012) Rape as religious terrorism and genocide the 1971 war between East and West Pakistan. Doctoral dissertation. Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Hubbard, B. (2017) ‘Overlooking Slights by Trump, Saudis Plan a Lavish Welcome’, New York Times 18 May: A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Struhl 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Smetacek and Cloern 2008; Struhl 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Smetacek and Cloern 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Yuan et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of European Public Policy
AbbreviationJ. Eur. Public Policy
ISSN (print)1350-1763
ISSN (online)1466-4429
ScopeSociology and Political Science
Public Administration

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