How to format your references using the Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology. 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
Clauset A (2010) Journal club. A theoretician ponders what physics has to offer ecology. Nature 465:139
A journal article with 2 authors
Coles HJ, Pivnenko MN (2005) Liquid crystal “blue phases” with a wide temperature range. Nature 436:997–1000
A journal article with 3 authors
Henikoff S, Ahmad K, Malik HS (2001) The centromere paradox: stable inheritance with rapidly evolving DNA. Science 293:1098–1102
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Alter G, Heckerman D, Schneidewind A, et al (2011) HIV-1 adaptation to NK-cell-mediated immune pressure. Nature 476:96–100

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lieberman JA, Tasman A (2006) Handbook of Psychiatric Drugs. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Tuyls K, Westra R, Saeys Y, Nowé A (eds) (2007) Knowledge Discovery and Emergent Complexity in Bioinformatics: First International Workshop, KDECB 2006, Ghent, Belgium, May 10, 2006. Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Fleisch AF, Wright RO, Baccarelli AA (2015) Is Environmental Epigenetics Relevant to Endocrine Disease? In: Su LJ, Chiang T-C (eds) Environmental Epigenetics. Springer, London, pp 55–74

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 Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Are Plastics Making Men Infertile? In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1971) Disbursing Transactions, Naval Ship Research and Development Laboratory. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Hobbs E (2017) Rehearing Florence Price: A Closer Look at Her Symphony in E Minor. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Brantley B (2016) As Jaded as Bill Murray Trapped in a Time Warp. New York Times C1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Clauset 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Coles and Pivnenko 2005; Clauset 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Coles and Pivnenko 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Alter et al. 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology
AbbreviationJ. Pet. Explor. Prod. Technol.
ISSN (print)2190-0558
ISSN (online)2190-0566
ScopeGeotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
General Energy

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