How to format your references using the Journal of Philosophical Logic citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Philosophical Logic. 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
Rutter, G. A. (2015). Cell biology. Pancreas micromanages autophagy. Science (New York, N.Y.), 347(6224), 826–827.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zucker, I., & Beery, A. K. (2010). Males still dominate animal studies. Nature, 465(7299), 690.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mayadas, A. F., Bourne, J., & Bacsich, P. (2009). Online education today. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5910), 85–89.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Bergstrom, R. A., Choi, J. H., Manduca, A., Shin, H.-S., Worrell, G. A., & Howe, C. L. (2013). Automated identification of multiple seizure-related and interictal epileptiform event types in the EEG of mice. Scientific reports, 3, 1483.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ananthakrishnan, A. N., Xavier, R. J., & Podolsky, D. K. (2017). Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Lam, H.-K. (2010). Stability Analysis of Fuzzy-Model-Based Control Systems: Linear-Matrix-Inequality Approach. (F. H.-F. Leung, Ed.) (Vol. 264). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Liu, C., Fang, Z., & Li, J. (2013). Practices, Experience and Policy Orientation for Free Education in Normal Universities in China. In X. Zhu & K. Zeichner (Eds.), Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century (pp. 67–76). 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 Philosophical Logic.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2016, May 16). Woman Taken To Hospital With Shark Still Attached To Her Arm. IFLScience. IFLScience. 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. (1997). Student Financial Aid Systems: Absence of Guiding Architecture Reduces Efficiency, Ease of Use (No. T-AIMD-97-147). 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
Woodard, J. (2012). Emergent properties (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Kaag, J. (2017, January 13). Cosmic Explorer. New York Times, p. BR13.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Philosophical Logic
AbbreviationJ. Philos. Logic
ISSN (print)0022-3611
ISSN (online)1573-0433

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