How to format your references using the The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (BJPS). 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
Cifelli, R. L. [2015]: ‘Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska (1925-2015)’, Nature, 520, p. 158.
A journal article with 2 authors
Boos, W. R. and Kuang, Z. [2013]: ‘Sensitivity of the South Asian Monsoon to Elevated and Non-Elevated Heating’, Scientific Reports, 3, p. 1192.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mori, M. X., Erickson, M. G. and Yue, D. T. [2004]: ‘Functional Stoichiometry and Local Enrichment of Calmodulin Interacting with Ca2+ Channels’, Science (New York, N.Y.), 304, pp. 432–5.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lee, D., Kim, D., Kim, J. and Moon, J. [2014]: ‘Characterizing Nano-Scale Electrocatalysis during Partial Oxidation of Methane’, Scientific Reports, 4, p. 3937.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Summerhayes, S. D. [2016]: ‘CDM Regulations 2015 Procedures Manual’, Chichester, UK: John Wiley &;#38; Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Navarro-Prieto, R. and Vidal, J. L. (eds) [2006]: ‘HCI Related Papers of Interacción 2004’, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Weyandt, L. L. and DuPaul, G. J. [2013]: ‘Assessment of ADHD’, in G. J. DuPaul (ed.), College Students with ADHD: Current Issues and Future Directions, New York, NY: Springer, pp. 37–60.

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 The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.

Blog post
Luntz, S. [2016, August 2]: ‘The Milky Way’s Heart May Have Stopped Forming Stars’, 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 [2008]: ‘Aviation and the Environment: FAA’s and NASA’s Research and Development Plans for Noise Reduction Are Aligned but the Prospects of Achieving Noise Reduction Goals Are Uncertain’, 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
Cheng, L. [2003]: ‘SiC Thin-Films on Insulating Substrates for Robust MEMS Applications’, 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
Poniewozik, J. [2017, March 29]: ‘O Slapstick Tragedy!’, New York Times, p. C2 p. C2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cifelli [2015]).
This sentence cites two references (Boos and Kuang [2013]; Cifelli [2015]).

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

  • Two authors: (Boos and Kuang [2013])
  • Three or more authors: (Lee et al. [2014])

About the journal

Full journal titleThe British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
AbbreviationBr. J. Philos. Sci.
ISSN (print)0007-0882
ISSN (online)1464-3537
History and Philosophy of Science

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