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
Hauser M D 2009 The possibility of impossible cultures Nature 460 190–6
A journal article with 2 authors
Blackburn T M and Duncan R P 2001 Determinants of establishment success in introduced birds Nature 414 195–7
A journal article with 3 authors
Maisel S B, Höfler M and Müller S 2012 A canonical stability-elasticity relationship verified for one million face-centred-cubic structures Nature 491 740–3
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Konhauser K O, Lalonde S V, Amskold L and Holland H D 2007 Was there really an Archean phosphate crisis? Science 315 1234

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Han C C and Akcasu A Z 2011 Scattering and Dynamics of Polymers (Singapore: John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd)
An edited book
Aldrich-Wright J 2011 Metallointercalators: Synthesis and Techniques to Probe Their Interactions with Biomolecules (Vienna: Springer)
A chapter in an edited book
Forzati M, Chen J, Kantor M, Lannoo B, Larsen C P, Mattsson C, Mitcsenkov A, Parca G, Pereira E, Pinto A, Teixeira A, Wosinska L and Zuhdi M 2012 Economics of Next-Generation Networks Optical Transmission: The FP7 BONE Project Experience Signals and Communication Technology ed A Teixeira and G M Tosi Beleffi (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands) pp 235–74

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 Radiological Protection.

Blog post
Hamilton K 2016 Could Friendly Bacteria Be Used To Treat Cancer? 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 1987 FAA Air Traffic Controller Staffing and Related Issues (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
Romer C 2017 WhatsUpDoc: A Patient Portal Technology 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
Kercher S 2015 Lowriding Culture Goes Global New York Times ST12

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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