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
Kemp, M. (2005) ‘From science in art to the art of science’, Nature 434(7031): 308–309.
A journal article with 2 authors
Singh, S. C. and Macdonald, K. C. (2009) ‘Mantle skewness and ridge segmentation’, Nature 458(7241): E11-2; author reply E12-3.
A journal article with 3 authors
Barnham, K. W., Nelson, J. and Stevens, R. A. (2000) ‘Did civil reactors supply plutonium for weapons?’, Nature 407(6806): 833–834.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Wang, D., Zhu, W., Best, M. D., Camden, J. P. and Crozier, K. B. (2013) ‘Wafer-scale metasurface for total power absorption, local field enhancement and single molecule Raman spectroscopy’, Scientific reports 3: 2867.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Isobe, K., Watanabe, W. and Itoh, K. (2013) Functional Imaging by Controlled Nonlinear Optical Phenomena, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Minin, I. V. (2008) Basic Principles of Fresnel Antenna Arrays, O. V. Minin (ed.), Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Brown, K. et al. (2014) ‘An Integrated Approach to Strategic Asset Management’, in A. V. Gheorghe, M. Masera, and P. F. Katina (eds). Infranomics: Sustainability, Engineering Design and Governance. Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 57–74.

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
Andrews, R. (2015) Researchers Can Now 3D Print Stem Cell ‘Building Blocks’, 9 November 2015,  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 (1992) NASA Issues, 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
Jordan, A. D. (2008) Measuring the efficacy of a Ninth Grade Academy on students with disabilities. Doctoral dissertation. Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.

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
Paulson, M. (2017) ‘How “Great Comet” Burned Out’, New York Times 29 August: C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kemp 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Kemp 2005; Singh and Macdonald 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Singh and Macdonald 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al. 2013)

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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