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
Holmes, E. C. (2004) ‘Virology. 1918 and all that’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 303(5665): 1787–1788.
A journal article with 2 authors
Feldman, D. E. and Brecht, M. (2005) ‘Map plasticity in somatosensory cortex’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 310(5749): 810–815.
A journal article with 3 authors
Umemoto, K., Wentzcovitch, R. M. and Allen, P. B. (2006) ‘Dissociation of MgSiO3 in the cores of gas giants and terrestrial exoplanets’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 311(5763): 983–986.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Uemura, M. et al. (2003) ‘Structure in the early afterglow light curve of the gamma-ray burst of 29 March 2003’, Nature 423(6942): 843–844.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Taylor, C. J., Young, P. C. and Chotai, A. (2013) True Digital Control, Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Hartzell, A. L. (2011) MEMS Reliability, M. G. da Silva and H. R. Shea (eds), Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Bartolotta, T. V., Taibbi, A., Quaia, E. and Midiri, M. (2007) ‘Applicazione dei mezzi di contrasto ecografici nelle lesioni focali del fegato steatosico, nelle lesioni epatiche rare e nelle pseudolesioni del fegato’, in E. Quaia (ed.). Mezzi di contrasto in ecografia: Applicazioni addominali. Milano: Springer, pp. 45–62.

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) Wearable Tech Could Turn Us Into Navel-Gazing Slaves To The Smartwatch, 8 January 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 (1972) Opportunities for Improving Federally Assisted Manpower Programs Identified as a Result of Review in the Atlanta, Georgia, Area, 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
Aguerrebere, Y. (2009) Case study of home-school visits. Doctoral dissertation. Malibu, CA: Pepperdine 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
Kelly, D. (1993) ‘From Warhol to Rathole’, New York Times 24 October: 714.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Holmes 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Feldman and Brecht 2005; Holmes 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Feldman and Brecht 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Uemura 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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