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
Brody H 2011 Hepatitis C Nature 474 S1
A journal article with 2 authors
Mochida S and Hunt T 2007 Calcineurin is required to release Xenopus egg extracts from meiotic M phase Nature 449 336–40
A journal article with 3 authors
Bai T, Pollard D D and Gao H 2000 Explanation for fracture spacing in layered materials Nature 403 753–6
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Pang P-C, Chiu P C N, Lee C-L, Chang L-Y, Panico M, Morris H R, Haslam S M, Khoo K-H, Clark G F, Yeung W S B and Dell A 2011 Human sperm binding is mediated by the sialyl-Lewis(x) oligosaccharide on the zona pellucida Science 333 1761–4

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kompare D 2010 CSI (Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell)
An edited book
Islam S M N 2009 Performance Measurement in Corporate Governance: DEA Modelling and Implications for Organisational Behaviour and Supply Chain Management ed A Manzoni (Heidelberg: Physica-Verlag HD)
A chapter in an edited book
Li Y, Yang D, Liu F, Cao Y and Rehtanz C 2016 Identification of Dominant Complex Orthogonal Mode (COM) Interconnected Power Systems: Wide-Area Dynamic Monitoring and Control Applications Power Systems ed D Yang, F Liu, Y Cao and C Rehtanz (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer) pp 75–92

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
Fang J 2014 Astronomers Catch Surprise “Eclipse” Of Jupiter’s Moons 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 2007 Motor Carrier Safety: Preliminary Information on Challenges to Ensuring the Integrity of Drug Testing Programs (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
Castillo-Garrison E M 2012 Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar: The career preparation, advancement, and enhancement of women in California community college leadership Doctoral dissertation (Malibu, CA: Pepperdine University)

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
Anderson J 2016 A Call to ‘Respect the Feathers’ New York Times C1

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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