Book with multiple editors [from Print source using OSCOLA]


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:

Editors (up to three as for authors) (eds), Title of Book (additional information Edition if later than first, Publisher Publication year).


J Carroll and J Ryan (eds), Teaching International Students: Improving Learning for All (Routledge 2005) 56-62.

S J Stedman, D Rothchild and E Cousens (eds), Ending Civil Wars: the Implementation of Peace Agreements (Lynne Rienner 2002) 24.

Reference List

List books alphabetically by the first 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.

Stedman SJ, Rothchild D and Cousens E (eds), Ending Civil Wars: the Implementation of Peace Agreements (Lynne Rienner 2002)



  • If there are more than three editors, give the names of the first editor followed by 'and others'.
  • 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 there is no author, begin the footnote with the title.
  • Reference: Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, OSCOLA: Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (4th edn Oxford University 2010) 35.