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
Honjo T 2005 Science and government. In search of the best grant system Science 309 1329
A journal article with 2 authors
Gray R D and Atkinson Q D 2003 Language-tree divergence times support the Anatolian theory of Indo-European origin Nature 426 435–9
A journal article with 3 authors
Gray-Schopfer V, Wellbrock C and Marais R 2007 Melanoma biology and new targeted therapy Nature 445 851–7
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Denham T P, Haberle S G, Lentfer C, Fullagar R, Field J, Therin M, Porch N and Winsborough B 2003 Origins of agriculture at Kuk Swamp in the highlands of New Guinea Science 301 189–93

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zhang S-L 2012 Raman Spectroscopy and its Application in Nanostructures (Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd)
An edited book
Spyns P 2015 Scientific Peer Reviewing: Practical Hints and Best Practices ed M-E Vidal (Cham: Springer International Publishing)
A chapter in an edited book
Joblin K N 2005 Methanogenic archaea Methods in Gut Microbial Ecology for Ruminants ed H P S Makkar and C S McSweeney (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands) pp 47–53

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
Andrew E 2015 Trick Or Treat? The Psychology Of Fright And Halloween Horrors 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 1993 HEAF 1992 Financial Condition (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
Brister M H 2008 Attitudes of agriscience teachers, counselors, administrators, and students toward selected agriscience programs in Mississippi Doctoral dissertation (Mississippi State, MS: Mississippi State 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
Stewart J B 2016 Trump Puts Barometers of Wall St. to the Test New York Times B1

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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