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
Smaglik, P. (2004) ‘Balancing the books’, Nature 428(6984): 781.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kang, T. M. and Hilgemann, D. W. (2004) ‘Multiple transport modes of the cardiac Na+/Ca2+ exchanger’, Nature 427(6974): 544–548.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kogan, A., Amasha, S. and Kastner, M. A. (2004) ‘Photon-induced Kondo satellites in a single-electron transistor’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 304(5675): 1293–1295.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Einsle, O. et al. (2002) ‘Nitrogenase MoFe-protein at 1.16 A resolution: a central ligand in the FeMo-cofactor’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 297(5587): 1696–1700.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Carrasco, R. A. and Johnston, M. (2008) Non-Binary Error Control Coding for Wireless Communication and Data Storage, Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Rilvil, R. S. (ed.) (2011) Non-linear Continuum Theories in Mechanics and Physics and their Applications, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Jehan, S., Pill, I. and Wotawa, F. (2015) ‘BPEL Integration Testing’, in A. Egyed and I. Schaefer (eds). Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering: 18th International Conference, FASE 2015, Held as Part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2015, London, UK, April 11-18, 2015, Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 69–83.

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. (2014) Are Chimps Natural Born Killers?, 17 September 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 (1988) Comparison of Amtrak Employee Injury Settlement Costs Under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act and State Workers’ Compensation Programs, 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
Yackel, R. J. (2010) Recruitment and retention of nurses in long -term care within the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. 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
Ember, S. and de la MERCED, M. J. (2017) ‘Sinclair Will Pay $3.9 Billion For Tribune’, New York Times 9 May: B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Kang and Hilgemann 2004; Smaglik 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Kang and Hilgemann 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Einsle 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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