How to format your references using the Asian Anthropology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Asian Anthropology. 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
Jones, Diane Auer. 2010. “Financial Pain Should Focus Universities.” Nature 465 (7294): 32–33.
A journal article with 2 authors
Parsons, Jeffrey, and Yair Wand. 2008. “A Question of Class.” Nature 455 (7216): 1040–1041.
A journal article with 3 authors
Viswanathan, Srinivas R., George Q. Daley, and Richard I. Gregory. 2008. “Selective Blockade of MicroRNA Processing by Lin28.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 320 (5872): 97–100.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Hu, Xinhua, Jiong Yang, Jian Zi, C. T. Chan, and Kai-Ming Ho. 2013. “Experimental Observation of Negative Effective Gravity in Water Waves.” Scientific Reports 3: 1916.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Murray, Anna. 2015. The Complete Software Project Manager. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Webster, Thomas J., ed. 2011. Nanotechnology Enabled In Situ Sensors for Monitoring Health. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Weresa, Marzenna Anna. 2014. “Policies Supporting Regional Innovation in Poland in 2014–2020: The European and National Perspective.” In New Cohesion Policy of the European Union in Poland: How It Will Influence the Investment Attractiveness of Regions in 2014-2020, edited by Adam A. Ambroziak, 77–89. Contributions to Economics. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 Asian Anthropology.

Blog post
Andrews, Robin. 2016. “Jurassic Monster Is Largest Meat-Eating Dinosaur Found In Germany.” IFLScience. IFLScience.


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. Medical ADP Systems: Composite Health Care System Acquisition--Fair, Reasonable, Supported. IMTEC-88-26. 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
Smith, Jennifer Ann. 2010. “Functional Analysis of ESAT-6 and EspB, Two Virulence Proteins Secreted by the ESX-1 System in Mycobacterium Marinum.” Doctoral dissertation, College Park, MD: University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Wasik, John F. 2016. “The Next Hot Start-Up Benefit Could Be a 401(k).” New York Times, September 22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Jones 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Jones 2010; Parsons and Wand 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Parsons and Wand 2008)
  • Three authors: (Viswanathan, Daley, and Gregory 2008)
  • 4 or more authors: (Hu et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleAsian Anthropology
AbbreviationAsian Anthropol.
ISSN (print)1683-478X
ISSN (online)2168-4227

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