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
Merilä, J. (2009). Evolution. Genetic constraints on adaptation? Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5945), 1212–1213.
A journal article with 2 authors
Martin, T., & Ruf, I. (2009). Paleontology. On the mammalian ear. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5950), 243–244.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nygård, J., Cobden, D. H., & Lindelof, P. E. (2000). Kondo physics in carbon nanotubes. Nature, 408(6810), 342–346.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Eerenstein, W., Morrison, F. D., Dho, J., Blamire, M. G., Scott, J. F., & Mathur, N. D. (2005). Comment on “Epitaxial BiFeO3 multiferroic thin film heterostructures.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5713), 1203; author reply 1203.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Démoulin, B., & Besnier, P. (2011). Electromagnetic Reverberation Chambers. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Abdalla, M., & Prisco, R. D. (Eds.). (2014). Security and Cryptography for Networks: 9th International Conference, SCN 2014, Amalfi, Italy, September 3-5, 2014. Proceedings (Vol. 8642). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Morschett, D., Schramm-Klein, H., & Zentes, J. (2009). Motives for Internationalisation. In H. Schramm-Klein & J. Zentes (Eds.), Strategic International Management: Text and Cases (pp. 71–91). Wiesbaden: Gabler.

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
Davis, J. (2015, July 31). Researchers Reveal Nanoscale Images Of The Brain. 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. (1990). ADP Budget: Analysis of HCFA’s Fiscal Year 1991 ADP Budget Request (No. IMTEC-90-67). 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
Crossman, D. C. (2008). The impact of safety culture on worker motivation and the economic bottom line (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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. (2000, November 12). Using Tall Yellow Globes To Find Elusive Yellow Cabs. New York Times, p. 148.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Merilä 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Martin and Ruf 2009; Merilä 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Martin and Ruf 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Eerenstein et al. 2005)

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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