How to format your references using the Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Destler, B. (2008). A new relationship. Nature, 453(7197), 853–854.
A journal article with 2 authors
Poulsen, M., & Boomsma, J. J. (2005). Mutualistic fungi control crop diversity in fungus-growing ants. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5710), 741–744.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nelson, W. A., Bjørnstad, O. N., & Yamanaka, T. (2013). Recurrent insect outbreaks caused by temperature-driven changes in system stability. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6147), 796–799.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Enquist, B. J., Allen, A. P., Brown, J. H., Gillooly, J. F., Kerkhoff, A. J., Niklas, K. J., … West, G. B. (2007). Biological scaling: does the exception prove the rule? Nature, 445(7127), E9-10; discussion E10-1.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shelton, T. (2013). Business Models for the Social Mobile Cloud. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Rooney, P. R., & Gasperini, A. (Eds.). (2016). Media and Print Culture Consumption in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Victorian Reading Experience. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.
A chapter in an edited book
Schubert, G., & Fehske, H. (2009). Quantum Percolation in Disordered Structures. In B. K. Chakrabarti, K. K. Bardhan, & A. K. Sen (Eds.), Quantum and Semi-classical Percolation and Breakdown in Disordered Solids (pp. 1–28). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2016, August 18). Parental Songs Prepare Eggs For A Hotter World. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1985). Performance Appraisal Information From Selected Federal Agencies (No. GGD-86-1). 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
Dillard, C. (2017). Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and Implementation Science (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
Koblin, J. (2017, July 30). For Revival, MTV Pivots To Its Past. New York Times, p. B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Burrows, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Caplan, 2011; de Rose, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Poulsen & Boomsma, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Nelson, Bjørnstad, & Yamanaka, 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Atabaki et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleAsia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education
ISSN (print)1837-7122
ISSN (online)1837-7130
ScopeOrthopedics and Sports Medicine
Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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