How to format your references using the Journal of Moral Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Moral Education. 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
Weintraub, K. (2013). Biomedicine: The new gold standard. Nature, 495(7440), S14-6.
A journal article with 2 authors
Boss, P. K., & Thomas, M. R. (2002). Association of dwarfism and floral induction with a grape “green revolution” mutation. Nature, 416(6883), 847–850.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ng, B., Cai, W., & Walsh, K. (2014). The role of the SST-thermocline relationship in Indian Ocean Dipole skewness and its response to global warming. Scientific Reports, 4, 6034.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Abbatt, J. P. D., Benz, S., Cziczo, D. J., Kanji, Z., Lohmann, U., & Möhler, O. (2006). Solid ammonium sulfate aerosols as ice nuclei: a pathway for cirrus cloud formation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5794), 1770–1773.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Abu-Jamous, B., Fa, R., & Nandi, A. K. (2015). Integrative Cluster Analysis in Bioinformatics. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Hänsler, E., & Schmidt, G. (Eds.). (2008). Speech and Audio Processing in Adverse Environments. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bronshtein, I. N., Semendyayev, K. A., Musiol, G., & Mühlig, H. (2015). Linear Algebra. In K. A. Semendyayev, G. Musiol, & H. Mühlig (Eds.), Handbook of Mathematics (pp. 269–322). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Moral Education.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2016, August 11). NASA-Funded 3D Pizza Printer Now Works At Tourist Attractions. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1992). Army Accounting Adjustments--Tank-Automotive Command (No. AFMD-92-102ML). 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
Baudy, A. R. (2010). Efficacy of glucocorticoids in muscular dystrophy: Signaling, hormonal activities, and muscle inflammation (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Crow, K. (2001, May 27). The Mayors Slept Here: Gracie Mansion Is Just the Latest. New York Times, p. 144.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Weintraub, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Weintraub, 2013, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Boss & Thomas, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Ng, Cai, & Walsh, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Abbatt et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Moral Education
AbbreviationJ. Moral Educ.
ISSN (print)0305-7240
ISSN (online)1465-3877
ScopeReligious studies

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