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
McKee, M. [2012]: ‘Sally Ride (1951-2012)’, Nature, 488, p. 460.
A journal article with 2 authors
Teotónio, H. and Rose, M. R. [2000]: ‘Variation in the Reversibility of Evolution’, Nature, 408, pp. 463–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
Acevedo, A., Brodsky, L. and Andino, R. [2014]: ‘Mutational and Fitness Landscapes of an RNA Virus Revealed through Population Sequencing’, Nature, 505, pp. 686–90.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Fang, X., Zhang, M., Tang, Q., Wang, Y. and Zhang, X. [2014]: ‘Inhibitory Effect of Xenorhabdus Nematophila TB on Plant Pathogens Phytophthora Capsici and Botrytis Cinerea in Vitro and in Planta’, Scientific Reports, 4, p. 4300.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pozen, R., Hamacher, T. and Phillips, D. [2011]: ‘The Fund Industry’, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Chen, W.-Y., Seiner, J., Suzuki, T. and Lackner, M. (eds) [2012]: ‘Handbook of Climate Change Mitigation’, New York, NY: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Einav, I. and Nguyen, G. D. [2009]: ‘Micromechanical Alternatives to Phenomenological Hardening Plasticity’, in D. Kolymbas and G. Viggiani (eds), Mechanics of Natural Solids, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 85–104.

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
Hale, T. [2017, February 3]: ‘Police Seize Over 3 Tons Of Pangolin Scales In Giant Haul In Thailand’, 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 [1984]: ‘U.S. Citizens Studying Medicine Abroad’, 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
Sefrit, J. [2008]: ‘A Study of the Effectiveness of a School District’s Mentoring /Professional Development Plan for Beginning Teachers’, Doctoral dissertation, St. Charles, MO: Lindenwood 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
Hu, W. and Remnick, N. [2015, August 4]: ‘Belated Focus on Prime Suspect in an Outbreak’, New York Times, p. A1 p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McKee [2012]).
This sentence cites two references (Teotónio and Rose [2000]; McKee [2012]).

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

  • Two authors: (Teotónio and Rose [2000])
  • Three or more authors: (Fang 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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