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
Baker, M. (2011) ‘Genomics: Genomes in three dimensions’, Nature 470(7333): 289–294.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chang, M. and Lingner, J. (2008) ‘Cell signaling. Tel2 finally tells one story’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 320(5872): 60–61.
A journal article with 3 authors
Willis, K. J., Gillson, L. and Brncic, T. M. (2004) ‘Ecology. How “virgin” is virgin rainforest?’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 304(5669): 402–403.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Ilani, S., Yacoby, A., Mahalu, D. and Shtrikman, H. (2001) ‘Microscopic structure of the metal-insulator transition in two dimensions’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 292(5520): 1354–1357.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Baber, R. L. (2011) The Language of Mathematics, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Torra, V., Narukawa, Y. and Inuiguchi, M. (eds) (2009) Modeling Decisions for Artificial Intelligence: 6th International Conference, MDAI 2009, Awaji Island, Japan, November 30–December 2, 2009. Proceedings, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Menéndez, V., Peredo, E., Méndez, M., Revilla, A. and Fernández, H. (2010) ‘Sexual Reproduction in Ferns’, in A. Kumar, Helena Fernández, and M. A. Revilla (eds). Working with Ferns: Issues and Applications. New York, NY: Springer, pp. 37–48.

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
Fang, J. (2015) Britain Announces Creation Of World’s Largest Marine Reserve, 19 March 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 (1997) Afloat Prepositioning: Not All Equipment Meets the Army’s Readiness Goal, 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
Priddy, J. D.-J. (2014) As Tufa to Sapphire: Gendering the Roles of Medieval Women in Combat. Doctoral dissertation. Washington, DC: George Washington 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
Walsh, M. W. and Story, L. (2011) ‘Seeking Business, States Loosen Insurance Rules’, New York Times 9 May: A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Baker 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Baker 2011; Chang and Lingner 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Chang and Lingner 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Ilani et al. 2001)

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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