How to format your references using the Journal of Radiological Protection citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Radiological Protection. 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
Wakeham B 2008 UK physics gets a health check Nature 455 592
A journal article with 2 authors
Adams D L and Horton J C 2002 Shadows cast by retinal blood vessels mapped in primary visual cortex Science 298 572–6
A journal article with 3 authors
He D Z Z, Jia S and Dallos P 2004 Mechanoelectrical transduction of adult outer hair cells studied in a gerbil hemicochlea Nature 429 766–70
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Allan R S, Smith C M, Belz G T, van Lint A L, Wakim L M, Heath W R and Carbone F R 2003 Epidermal viral immunity induced by CD8alpha+ dendritic cells but not by Langerhans cells Science 301 1925–8

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Steland A 2012 Financial Statistics and Mathematical Finance (Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd)
An edited book
Katsoni V 2015 Cultural Tourism in a Digital Era: First International Conference IACuDiT, Athens, 2014 (Cham: Springer International Publishing)
A chapter in an edited book
Biró P, Kern W, Paulusma D and Wojuteczky P 2016 The Stable Fixtures Problem with Payments Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science: 41st International Workshop, WG 2015, Garching, Germany, June 17-19, 2015, Revised Papers Lecture Notes in Computer Science ed E W Mayr (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer) pp 49–63

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 Radiological Protection.

Blog post
Carpineti C 2017 Melting Ice Could Unleash Ancient Viruses IFLScience


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 1976 Problems in the Administration of Third-Party Funds under the Vocational Rehabilitation Program in Indiana (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
Gogni de Tolentino M G 2010 Challenges and successes of monolingual Spanish-speaking foster parents Doctoral dissertation (Long Beach, CA: 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
Kenigsberg B 2017 Film Series New York Times C23

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 Radiological Protection
AbbreviationJ. Radiol. Prot.
ISSN (print)0952-4746
ISSN (online)1361-6498
ScopeWaste Management and Disposal
General Medicine
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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