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
Onnela, J.-P. J. P. (2014). Physics. Flow of control in networks. Science (New York, N.Y.), 343(6177), 1325–1326.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pena, L. D., & Goldstein, S. L. (2014). Thermohaline circulation crisis and impacts during the mid-Pleistocene transition. Science (New York, N.Y.), 345(6194), 318–322.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chalancon, G., Kruse, K., & Babu, M. M. (2012). Cell biology. Reconfiguring regulation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6072), 1050–1051.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Xu, W., Li, X., Cao, J., Zhang, H., & Zhang, H. (2014). Membranes with well-defined ions transport channels fabricated via solvent-responsive layer-by-layer assembly method for vanadium flow battery. Scientific reports, 4, 4016.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fernandez-Maloigne, C., Robert-Inacio, F., & Macaire, L. (2012). Digital Color. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lerma, E. V., & Batuman, V. (Eds.). (2014). Diabetes and Kidney Disease. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Lazár, D., & Schansker, G. (2009). Models of Chlorophyll a Fluorescence Transients. In A. Laisk, L. Nedbal, & Govindjee (Eds.), Photosynthesis in silico: Understanding Complexity from Molecules to Ecosystems (pp. 85–123). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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
Andrew, E. (2015, June 23). Mars: The Heavy Metal Rock Star Planet. 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. (1988). DOT Airline Industry Oversight (No. T-RCED-88-36). 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
Le Blanc, J. D. (2017). Helping African American Middle School Students Transition to High School with the New Normal Project: A Grant Proposal (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
Grynbaum, M. M. (2017, June 19). Kelly Presses Conspiracy Theorist in Edited Interview. New York Times, p. B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Onnela 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Onnela 2014; Pena and Goldstein 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Pena and Goldstein 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Xu 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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