How to format your references using the Journal of Indian Philosophy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Indian Philosophy. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Knowles, S. M. (2010). Intellectual property. Fixing the legal framework for pharmaceutical research. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5969), 1083–1084.
A journal article with 2 authors
Scully, R., & Livingston, D. M. (2000). In search of the tumour-suppressor functions of BRCA1 and BRCA2. Nature, 408(6811), 429–432.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ramu, Y., Xu, Y., & Lu, Z. (2006). Enzymatic activation of voltage-gated potassium channels. Nature, 442(7103), 696–699.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Pisitkun, P., Deane, J. A., Difilippantonio, M. J., Tarasenko, T., Satterthwaite, A. B., & Bolland, S. (2006). Autoreactive B cell responses to RNA-related antigens due to TLR7 gene duplication. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5780), 1669–1672.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wexler, S., Shaffer, J., & Cotgreave, A. (2017). The Big Book of Dashboards. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Polanski, A. (2007). Bioinformatics. (M. Kimmel, Ed.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Castrén, M. K. (2014). Compression-Only CPR Versus CPR with Ventilations. In A. Gullo & G. Ristagno (Eds.), Resuscitation: Translational Research, Clinical Evidence, Education, Guidelines (pp. 41–45). Milano: Springer.

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 Indian Philosophy.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2015, April 6). Male Seahorse Gives Birth To Babies Like An Underwater Shotgun. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 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. (2016). Motor Carriers: Establishing System for Self-Reporting Equipment Problems Appears Feasible, but Safety Benefits Questionable and Costs Unknown (No. GAO-17-132). 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
Jensen, D. (2015). Functional Analysis of Calmodulin’s Calcium Dependent Inactivation of Orai1 (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Wagner, J. (2016, October 12). From Awe (Kershaw) to Anguish (Bullpen) to Survival (Game 5). New York Times, p. B9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Knowles 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Knowles 2010; Scully and Livingston 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Scully and Livingston 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Pisitkun et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Indian Philosophy
AbbreviationJ. Indian Philos.
ISSN (print)0022-1791
ISSN (online)1573-0395
Cultural Studies

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