How to format your references using the Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning. 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
Wollman, R. (2014). Development. Counting the ways to decode dynamic signals. Science (New York, N.Y.), 343(6177), 1326–1327.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tigaret, C., & Choquet, D. (2009). Neuroscience. More AMPAR garnish. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5919), 1295–1296.
A journal article with 3 authors
O’Gorman, C. M., Fuller, H. T., & Dyer, P. S. (2009). Discovery of a sexual cycle in the opportunistic fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. Nature, 457(7228), 471–474.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Massey, S., Yeager, L. A., Blumentritt, C. A., Vijayakumar, S., Sbrana, E., Peterson, J. W., et al. (2014). Comparative Burkholderia pseudomallei natural history virulence studies using an aerosol murine model of infection. Scientific reports, 4, 4305.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Raynaud, H., & Arrow, K. J. (2011). Managerial Logic. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Rios, P. de M. (2014). Symbol Correspondences for Spin Systems. (E. Straume, Ed.). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Prékopa, A. (2011). Probability Distribution Problems Concerning Stochastic Programming Problems. In B. de Finetti (Ed.), Mathematical Optimiation in Economics (pp. 195–221). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2015, November 5). What’s Happening To Dolphins Around The Site Of The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill? IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1994). Amtrak: Financial Condition Has Deteriorated and Future Costs Make Recovery Difficult (No. T-RCED-94-155). 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
Gunther, A. (2014). The Effects of Writing Task Choice on Behavioral and Academic Outcomes of Students with ADHD (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Brantley, B. (2017, July 26). Theater; Three Sisters, Lots of Kvetching. New York Times, p. AR3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wollman 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Tigaret and Choquet 2009; Wollman 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Tigaret and Choquet 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Massey et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleResearch and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning
ISSN (online)1793-7078

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