How to format your references using the American Journal of Dance Therapy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for American Journal of Dance Therapy. 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
Mollenauer, L. F. (2003). Physics. Nonlinear optics in fibers. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5647), 996–997.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shao, S., & Hegde, R. S. (2014). Cell Biology. Local synthesis and disposal. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6210), 701–702.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bala, A. D. S., Spitzer, M. W., & Takahashi, T. T. (2003). Prediction of auditory spatial acuity from neural images on the owl’s auditory space map. Nature, 424(6950), 771–774.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tritten, L., Keiser, J., Godejohann, M., Utzinger, J., Vargas, M., Beckonert, O., et al. (2013). Metabolic profiling framework for discovery of candidate diagnostic markers of malaria. Scientific reports, 3, 2769.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kaufman, J. J., & Woodhead, R. (2006). Stimulating Innovation in Products and Services. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Chrisler, J. C., & McCreary, D. R. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology: Volume 2: Gender Research in Social and Applied Psychology. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Maleszka, M., & Nguyen, N. T. (2011). A Model for Complex Tree Integration Tasks. In N. T. Nguyen, C.-G. Kim, & A. Janiak (Eds.), Intelligent Information and Database Systems: Third International Conference, ACIIDS 2011, Daegu, Korea, April 20-22, 2011, Proceedings, Part I (pp. 36–46). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 American Journal of Dance Therapy.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, December 25). Half-Female, Half-Male Cardinal is a Lonely Bird. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1987). Student Aid: Financial Assistance to Scholarship Athletes (No. HRD-87-78BR). 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
Lemheney, A. J. (2014). Design and development of virtual reality simulation for teaching high-risk low-volume problem-prone office-based medical emergencies (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

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
Gordon, M. (2012, November 11). Blessed Among Women. New York Times, p. BR14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mollenauer 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Mollenauer 2003; Shao and Hegde 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Shao and Hegde 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Tritten et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleAmerican Journal of Dance Therapy
AbbreviationAm. J. Dance Ther.
ISSN (print)0146-3721
ISSN (online)1573-3262
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health

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