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
Turnbull, J. E. (2011) ‘Chemistry. Getting the farm out of pharma for heparin production’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 334(6055): 462–463.
A journal article with 2 authors
Roderick, M. L. and Farquhar, G. D. (2002) ‘The cause of decreased pan evaporation over the past 50 years’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 298(5597): 1410–1411.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bryant, P., Nunes, T. and Snaith, R. (2000) ‘Children learn an untaught rule of spelling’, Nature 403(6766): 157–158.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Bukovinszky, T., van Veen, F. J. F., Jongema, Y. and Dicke, M. (2008) ‘Direct and indirect effects of resource quality on food web structure’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 319(5864): 804–807.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dubil, R. (2011) Financial Engineering and Arbitrage in the Financial Markets, Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Orrell, J. and Curtis, D. D. (eds) (2016) Publishing Higher Degree Research: Making the Transition from Student to Researcher, Rotterdam: SensePublishers.
A chapter in an edited book
Dahlke, C. and Bork, H.-R. (2012) ‘Soil Erosion and Soil Organic Carbon Storage on the Chinese Loess Plateau’, in R. Lal, K. Lorenz, R. F. Hüttl, B. U. Schneider, and J. von Braun (eds). Recarbonization of the Biosphere: Ecosystems and the Global Carbon Cycle. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, pp. 83–98.

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. (2014) Brain Network Linking Alzheimer’s And Schizophrenia Identified, 25 November 2014,  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 (1992) Highway Safety: Safety Belt Use Laws Save Lives and Reduce Costs to Society, 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
Hume, D. M. (2010) The reader as collaborator in Coleridge’s fragments “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, “Christabel,” and “Kubla Khan”: Kindling “Native flames” rather than reflecting “Alien fires”. 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
Crow, K. (2001) ‘Listening Hard to Softer Cries for Help’, New York Times 30 December: 146.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Turnbull 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Roderick and Farquhar 2002; Turnbull 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Roderick and Farquhar 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Bukovinszky et al. 2008)

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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