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
Parks, J. E., 2nd (2010) ‘Chemistry. Less costly catalysts for controlling engine emissions’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 327(5973): 1584–1585.
A journal article with 2 authors
Greene, M. J. and Gordon, D. M. (2003) ‘Social insects: Cuticular hydrocarbons inform task decisions’, Nature 423(6935): 32.
A journal article with 3 authors
Franco, A., Malhotra, N. and Simonovits, G. (2014) ‘Social science. Publication bias in the social sciences: unlocking the file drawer’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 345(6203): 1502–1505.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Haj, F. G., Verveer, P. J., Squire, A., Neel, B. G. and Bastiaens, P. I. H. (2002) ‘Imaging sites of receptor dephosphorylation by PTP1B on the surface of the endoplasmic reticulum’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 295(5560): 1708–1711.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Focardi, S. M., Fabozzi, F. J. and Bali, T. G. (2013) Mathematical Methods for Finance, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Domínguez-Rodrigo, M. (2007) Deconstructing Olduvai: A Taphonomic Study of the Bed I Sites, R. B. Egido and C. P. Egeland (eds), Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Rajamannan, N. M., Cicek, M., Hawse, J. R., Spelsberg, T. C. and Subramaniam, M. (2014) ‘Experimental Model of Aortic Valve Calcification to Induce Osteoblast Differentiation’, in N. M. Rajamannan (ed.). Molecular Biology of Valvular Heart Disease. London: Springer, pp. 27–33.

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. (2016) A Guide To Using Drones To Study Wildlife: First, Do No Harm, 29 May 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 (2008) Safe Routes to School: Progress in Implementing the Program, but a Comprehensive Plan to Evaluate Program Outcomes Is Needed, 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
Nannapaneni, D. (2015) Factors associated with HPV acceptability among parents. 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
Kelly, M. (1992) ‘THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: The Democrats; Clinton Says Bush Is Afraid Of Debating “Man to Man”’, New York Times 19 September: 16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Parks 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Greene and Gordon 2003; Parks 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Greene and Gordon 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Haj et al. 2002)

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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