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
Kemp M 2001 The harmonious hand. Marin Mersenne and the science of memorized music Nature 409 666
A journal article with 2 authors
Dennis C and Surridge C 2000 Arabidopsis thaliana genome. Introduction Nature 408 791
A journal article with 3 authors
Duarte C M, Marbá N and Holmer M 2007 Ecology. Rapid domestication of marine species Science 316 382–3
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Muñoz J, Felicísimo A M, Cabezas F, Burgaz A R and Martínez I 2004 Wind as a long-distance dispersal vehicle in the Southern Hemisphere Science 304 1144–7

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rowlinson M 2010 A Practical Guide to the NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract (Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell)
An edited book
Fernández-Manjón B, Sánchez-Pérez J M, Gómez-Pulido J A, Vega-Rodríguez M A and Bravo-Rodríguez J 2007 Computers and Education: E-Learning, From Theory to Practice (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands)
A chapter in an edited book
Upton D and Upton P 2015 Different Wound Type Psychology of Wounds and Wound Care in Clinical Practice ed P Upton (Cham: Springer International Publishing) pp 113–42

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 Nigeria Celebrates One Year Without Polio Case 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 1988 Airline Competition: Fare and Service Changes at St. Louis Since the TWA-Ozark Merger (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
Graeter C J 2012 Longitudinal Study of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Subjects in the American Clinical Trial of Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization Doctoral dissertation (Cincinnati, OH: University of Cincinnati)

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
Kelly C 2012 Reshooting J. R., This Time on Home Territory New York Times A22A

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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