Book with single editor [from Print source using OSCOLA]


Referencing a whole edited book is uncommon. You are more likely to be referencing individual chapters. Even an introduction may be treated as a chapter. See the page for referencing chapters in an edited book.

Don't panic if you see several dates inside the book. The date you need to use is the one which matches the edition of the book that you're using. Ignore any dates that are just listed as reprints or impressions. Look on the book cover and see if it says e.g. Fourth edition (it should also say this on the title page inside the book). In this case all that you need to show in your reference in the bibliography is the date for the 4th edition of the book. Search for the book on the library catalogue to check the details needed for the reference if you are unsure.

Standard Form

As a footnote:

Editor (as with author) (ed), Title of Book (additional information, Edition if later than first, Publisher Publication year) page no if required.


BA Maher (ed), Progress in Experimental Personality Research, vol 2 (Academic Press 1965) para 908.

D French (ed), Blackstone's Statutes on Company Law (12th edn, Oxford University Press 2008).

The above example also shows that well established books continue to be known by their original titles long after their original authors have died and each new editor must be identified.

Peniel E Joseph (ed), The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era (Routledge 2006).

VN Koutrakou (ed), Contemporary Issues and Debates in EUP Policy (MUP 2004) 6-10.

Reference List

List books alphabetically by the editor's surname under the heading Secondary Sources.

No full stop is required at the end of an entry in a Reference List as this is a list.

In your bibliography, the editor''s surname should precede his or her initial(s), with no comma separating them, but a comma after the first initial. Only initials should be used, not forenames, e.g.

Joseph PE (ed), The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era (Routledge 2006)



  • If a book has a title and a subtitle, use the existing punctuation. Where there is none, insert a colon.
  • The place of publication need not be given.
  • If a book consists of more than one volume, the volume number follows the publication details, unless the publication details of the volumes vary, in which case it precedes them, and is separated from the title by a comma. Pinpoint to paragraphs rather than pages if the paragraphs are numbered.
  • Reference: Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, OSCOLA: Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (4th edn Oxford University 2010) 35.