How to format your references using the Asia Pacific Education Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Asia Pacific Education Review. 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
Alexandrov, L. B. (2015). Understanding the origins of human cancer. Science (New York, N.Y.), 350(6265), 1175.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hussain, N. K., & Sheng, M. (2005). Neuroscience. Making synapses: a balancing act. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5713), 1207–1208.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wang, L., Baade, D., & Patat, F. (2007). Spectropolarimetric diagnostics of thermonuclear supernova explosions. Science (New York, N.Y.), 315(5809), 212–214.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yasue, A., Mitsui, S. N., Watanabe, T., Sakuma, T., Oyadomari, S., Yamamoto, T., et al. (2014). Highly efficient targeted mutagenesis in one-cell mouse embryos mediated by the TALEN and CRISPR/Cas systems. Scientific reports, 4, 5705.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sue, D. W. (2003). Overcoming Our Racism. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hoffmann, F., Köppen, M., Klawonn, F., & Roy, R. (Eds.). (2005). Soft Computing: Methodologies and Applications (Vol. 32). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Fredriksson-Ahomaa, M. (2007). Yersinia enterocolitica and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. In S. Simjee (Ed.), Foodborne Diseases (pp. 79–113). Totowa, NJ: Humana Press.

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 Asia Pacific Education Review.

Blog post
Evans, K. (2017, March 8). Breeder Creates Perfect “Emoji” Snake After 8 Years Of Trying. 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. (2000). Gender Equity: Men’s and Women’s Participation in Higher Education (No. HEHS-00-24). 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
Martinez, V. (2010). The relationship between visit to a doctor and the health behaviors of children (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. (2013, November 26). Fighter Who Faked Death Is Sent to Prison for Robbery. New York Times, p. B14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Alexandrov 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Alexandrov 2015; Hussain and Sheng 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Hussain and Sheng 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Yasue et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleAsia Pacific Education Review
AbbreviationAsia Pac. Educ. Rev.
ISSN (print)1598-1037
ISSN (online)1876-407X

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