How to format your references using the Pedagogies: An International Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Pedagogies: An International Journal. 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
Bygbjerg, I. C. (2012). Double burden of noncommunicable and infectious diseases in developing countries. Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6101), 1499–1501.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chen, W., & Du, J. (2013). Ultrasound and pH dually responsive polymer vesicles for anticancer drug delivery. Scientific Reports, 3, 2162.
A journal article with 3 authors
Goldblatt, C., Lenton, T. M., & Watson, A. J. (2006). Bistability of atmospheric oxygen and the Great Oxidation. Nature, 443(7112), 683–686.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kerschensteiner, D., Morgan, J. L., Parker, E. D., Lewis, R. M., & Wong, R. O. L. (2009). Neurotransmission selectively regulates synapse formation in parallel circuits in vivo. Nature, 460(7258), 1016–1020.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dao, T. T., & Ho Ba Tho, M.-C. (2014). Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Dai, M. (Ed.). (2011). Innovative Computing and Information: International Conference, ICCIC 2011, Wuhan, China, September 17-18, 2011. Proceedings, Part I (Vol. 231). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Emmett, S. (2013). Toward a Pedagogy of Well-Being for Early Childhood Pre-Service Educators. In J. Z. Wilson (Ed.), Pedagogies for the Future: Leading Quality Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (pp. 27–38). SensePublishers.

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 Pedagogies: An International Journal.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, March 7). Researchers Image What They Believe To Be Smallest Life Possible. IFLScience; 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. (1975). Opportunity for Savings of Large Sums in Acquiring Computer Systems Under Federal Grant Programs (FGMSD-75-34). 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
McCorvey, Z. J. (2013). Addressing disruptive behaviors in an After School Program classroom: The effects of the Daily Behavior Report Card [Doctoral dissertation]. 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
Cowley, S., & Corkery, M. (2017, April 25). After Scandal, Wells Fargo’s Board Faces a Contentious Re-election Vote. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Bygbjerg, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Bygbjerg, 2012; Chen & Du, 2013).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Chen & Du, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Goldblatt et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kerschensteiner et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titlePedagogies: An International Journal
ISSN (print)1554-480X
ISSN (online)1554-4818

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