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
Duffy, T. S. (2011). Earth science: probing the core’s light elements. Nature, 479(7374), 480–481.
A journal article with 2 authors
Huberman, A. D., & El-Danaf, R. N. (2015). Blindness: Assassins of eyesight. Nature, 527(7579), 456–457.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chow, J., Kopp, R. J., & Portney, P. R. (2003). Energy resources and global development. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5650), 1528–1531.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Micheli, M., Farnocchia, D., Meech, K. J., Buie, M. W., Hainaut, O. R., Prialnik, D., et al. (2018). Non-gravitational acceleration in the trajectory of 1I/2017 U1 ('Oumuamua). Nature, 559(7713), 223–226.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bowers, D., House, A., & Owens, D. (2011). Getting Started in Health Research. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Jahankhani, H., Revett, K., & Palmer-Brown, D. (Eds.). (2008). Global E-Security: 4th International Conference, ICGeS 2008, London, UK, June 23-25, 2008. Proceedings (Vol. 12). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Lim, Y. A. L., Mahdy, M. A. K., & Surin, J. (2013). Unravelling Cryptosporidium and Giardia in Southeast Asia. In Yvonne Ai Lian Lim & I. Vythilingam (Eds.), Parasites and their vectors: A special focus on Southeast Asia (pp. 77–102). Vienna: 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. (2015, January 29). At Least Ten Other Men Could Rival Genghis Khan’s Genetic Legacy. 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. (2011). Information Technology: Continued Attention Needed to Accurately Report Federal Spending and Improve Management (No. GAO-11-831T). 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
Chin, S.-H. (2009). A performer’s guide to Howard Hanson’s “Four Poems (Poèmes érotiques)”, Opus 9 (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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
Pilon, M. (2012, July 22). A Sprint and Leap Into the Unknown. New York Times, p. F15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Duffy 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Duffy 2011; Huberman and El-Danaf 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Huberman and El-Danaf 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Micheli et al. 2018)

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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