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
Allen, P. A. (2008). From landscapes into geological history. Nature, 451(7176), 274–276.
A journal article with 2 authors
Duret, L., & Galtier, N. (2009). Comment on “Human-specific gain of function in a developmental enhancer.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5915), 714; author reply 714.
A journal article with 3 authors
Branzei, D., Vanoli, F., & Foiani, M. (2008). SUMOylation regulates Rad18-mediated template switch. Nature, 456(7224), 915–920.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Liang, X., Zhao, J., Dong, L., & Xu, K. (2013). Unraveling the origin of exponential law in intra-urban human mobility. Scientific reports, 3, 2983.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kula, G., Raab, M., & Stahn, S. (2017). Beyond Smart Beta. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Kim, E. E., Mar, M. V., Inoue, T., & Chung, J.-K. (Eds.). (2007). Sectional Anatomy: PET/CT and SPECT/CT. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Wołk, K., & Marasek, K. (2015). Tuned and GPU-Accelerated Parallel Data Mining from Comparable Corpora. In P. Král & V. Matoušek (Eds.), Text, Speech, and Dialogue: 18th International Conference, TSD 2015, Pilsen,Czech Republic, September 14-17, 2015, Proceedings (pp. 32–40). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
Andrews, R. (2016, September 7). The Zika Virus Could Hide In Eyes And Spread Through Tears. 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. (1976). The Legislative Focus on Federal ADP Procurement and GAO’s Role (No. 100061). 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
Augspurger, B. A. (2014). Teacher Perceptions of Effective School Leadership Using Twenty-first Century Skills and Knowledge (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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
Crow, K. (2003, April 6). Dreading the Thin Envelope. New York Times, p. 145.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Allen 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Allen 2008; Duret and Galtier 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Duret and Galtier 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Liang 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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