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
Evans, R. L. (2014) ‘Geophysics: Making the Earth move’, Nature 509(7498): 40–41.
A journal article with 2 authors
Orton, G. S. and Yanamandra-Fisher, P. A. (2005) ‘Saturn’s temperature field from high-resolution middle-infrared imaging’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 307(5710): 696–698.
A journal article with 3 authors
Redford, K. H., Jensen, D. B. and Breheny, J. J. (2012) ‘Ecology. Integrating the captive and the wild’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 338(6111): 1157–1158.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Waller, R. F., Keeling, P. J., van Dooren, G. G. and McFadden, G. I. (2003) ‘Comment on “A green algal apicoplast ancestor”’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 301(5629): 49; author reply 49.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hersent, O. (2010) IP Telephony, Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Serpe, M. J., Kang, Y. and Zhang, Q. M. (eds) (2016) Photonic Materials for Sensing, Biosensing and Display Devices, 1st ed. 2016., Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Muller, T., Liu, Y., Mauw, S. and Zhang, J. (2014) ‘On Robustness of Trust Systems’, in J. Zhou, N. Gal-Oz, J. Zhang, and E. Gudes (eds). Trust Management VIII: 8th IFIP WG 11.11 International Conference, IFIPTM 2014, Singapore, July 7-10, 2014. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 44–60.

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) Has NASA Really Created A Warp Drive?, 27 April 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 (2014) Consumers’ Location Data: Companies Take Steps to Protect Privacy, but Practices Are Inconsistent, and Risks May Not be Clear to Consumers, 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
Hayes, M. G. (2010) A qualitative case study of cultural competency among Advanced Placement teachers in Florida. Doctoral dissertation. Phoenix, AZ: University of Phoenix.

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
Baker, P. and Shear, M. D. (2017) ‘Vowing Again to Attack Opioids, Trump Faults Obama’, New York Times 8 August: A13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Evans 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Evans 2014; Orton and Yanamandra-Fisher 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Orton and Yanamandra-Fisher 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Waller 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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