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
Cyranoski, D. (2002) ‘Marie Curie doesn’t live here, Japanese women say’, Nature 419(6909): 768.
A journal article with 2 authors
Birchler, J. A. and Kavi, H. H. (2008) ‘Molecular biology. Slicing and dicing for small RNAs’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 320(5879): 1023–1024.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schliekelman, P., Garner, C. and Slatkin, M. (2001) ‘Natural selection and resistance to HIV’, Nature 411(6837): 545–546.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Treps, N. et al. (2003) ‘A quantum laser pointer’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 301(5635): 940–943.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety (2000) Guidelines for Process Safety in Outsourced Manufacturing Operations, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Farzaneh, M. (ed.) (2008) Atmospheric Icing of Power Networks, 1st Ed., Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Gaspar, M. B. and Chícharo, L. M. (2007) ‘Modifying Dredges to Reduce By-catch and Impacts on the Benthos’, in S. J. Kennelly (ed.). By-catch Reduction in the World’s Fisheries. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, pp. 95–140.

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
Davis, J. (2016) Global Summit On The Illegal Wildlife Trade Opens In South Africa, 26 September 2016, 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 (1989) Aviation Safety: Conditions Within the Air Traffic Control Work Force, 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
Bratton, E. W. (2012) Clinical management and outcomes of patients in the Duke Cryptococcosis Clinical Cohort, 1996 - 2009. Doctoral dissertation. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina.

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
Southall, A. and McKINLEY, J. C., Jr (2016) ‘Caregiver Who Abused 4-Year-Old Boy Faces 22-Year Sentence for Murder’, New York Times 30 September: A22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cyranoski 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Birchler and Kavi 2008; Cyranoski 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Birchler and Kavi 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Treps et al. 2003)

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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