EU Interinstitutional Style Guide

I would like to use the EU Interinstitutional Style Guide for reports for the Commission. However, it does not seem to correspond to the style request by the EU, as indicated here:
Using Zotero EU Interinstitutional Style Guide, this is an example of the style I get:
Zimmer, Michael. “Addressing Conceptual Gaps in Big Data Research Ethics: An Application of Contextual Integrity.” Social Media + Society April-June (2018): 1–11.

Anyone knows where does the issue lie? Is it with Zotero system or the description of the style on that EU webpage?

Many thanks for your help.
  • edited October 7, 2019

    I assume you are talking about a journal article and the bibliographic entries.

    The guidelines that this style is based on are these. Specifically read the first paragraph:

    Guidelines state this:
    Koops, Bert-Jaap, and Ronald Leenes, “‘Code’ and the Slow Erosion of Privacy”,
    Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, Vol. 12, Issue 1, Fall
    2005, pp. 115-188.

    Test output with style:
    Campbell, John L., and Ove K. Pedersen, “The Varieties of Capitalism and Hybrid Success”, Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 40, No. 3, March 1, 2007, pp. 307–332.

  • Thanks Damnation. Indeed you are right, the bibliography comes out fine. The issue I have is that the reference style indicated here: mention: "References are cited in the text using the author’s surname and year of publication, for example (Barrett, 1991), and the bibliography is printed in alphabetical order."
    However, when using this style in Zotero, the only format available is in footnote.

    Who is wrong here? Zotero's format? or what is indicated on the EU webpage?

    With thanks again,
  • edited October 7, 2019
    You are not understanding.
    These are two different styles. The one we have on our repository is a footnote style as described in that Word document I linked to.

    The style you are looking for we currently do not have on our platform.
  • Thanks, I understand.
    But then, when I insert a footnote with Zotero EU Interinstitutional Style Guide, I obtain the following text:
    Ravn, Barnwell, and Barbosa Neves, “What Is ‘Publicly Available Data’? Exploring Blurred Public-Private Boundaries and Ethical Practices Through a Case Study on Instagram”.
    I am not able to obtain the whole footnote as you indicated it in your first post.
    Any idea why is it so?

    Many thanks again.
  • Which item type is this?
    I produced a journal article in that example I gave.
  • This is is a journal article as well. The whole reference (as it appears when I request the bibliography) is the following:

    Ravn, Signe, Ashley Barnwell, and Barbara Barbosa Neves, “What Is ‘Publicly Available Data’? Exploring Blurred Public-Private Boundaries and Ethical Practices Through a Case Study on Instagram”, Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 2019, pp. 1–6.

    (with the title of the journal italicised).
  • Ah. The footnote just has a shortened format of author and title, that is by intent.

    To make your life easier I have created the author-date version of this style.
    You can download by rightclicking and saving as on this link:

  • Thanks a lot for developing this. I'm discussing with my team to see how we could implement this style throughout the whole group.
  • Hello, I'm coming back to this discussion. With my team we would like to use extensively the Interinstitutional Style Guide with Zotero for reports for the European Commission. We would like to use it with footnotes as it is generally done in such reports. However, we find that the footnote format proposed by Zotero for the Interinstitutional Style Guide is unsatisfactory as it quotes again the whole document title but does not mention the date. Would it be possible to modify the format of the footnotes for this style? The guidelines for this style ( do not give specific instructions for the footnotes so we thought we should propose a format based on what is generally done for these reports. We are also in touch with the Publication office at the EU about this.
    Many thanks for your help!
  • Hello, I'm coming back to you about the Interinstitutional Style Guide in Zotero. We would like to use it extensively for research reports for the European Commission. Thanks for developing the in-text style but for such reports we mainly use the footnote style. However, we feel that the footnote format is problematic as it only gives the author and the title. In this format, we simply cannot use it. Is there any chance you could amend it so that it includes the whole reference the 1st time it appears in the document. And for other occurrences, mention: author, year, p.#.
    That would be great.
    If we can get this, I'm sure my team will be interested in using Zotero for all its publications for the EU commission (and we do many of these!).
    Thank you very much.
    Best wishes,
  • I am happy to provide further assistance with the style I created against comission. Please contact me via PM if you wish to do so. :)
  • Hello again Damnation - thanks a lot for offering to help. How can I contact you via PM?
  • I'll send you one with my email address. Up there is an "Inbox". You'll see a message from me. :)
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