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
Lloyd, D. R. 2003. “Comment on ‘Salt-Pump Mechanism for Contaminant Intrusion into Coastal Aquifers.’” Science (New York, N.Y.) 302 (5646): 784; author reply 784.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shannon, M. Frances, and Sudha Rao. 2002. “Transcription. Of Chips and ChIPs.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 296 (5568): 666–669.
A journal article with 3 authors
Koonin, Eugene V., Yuri I. Wolf, and Georgy P. Karev. 2002. “The Structure of the Protein Universe and Genome Evolution.” Nature 420 (6912): 218–223.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Wu, Haoyi, Sum Wai Chiang, Wei Lin, Cheng Yang, Zhuo Li, Jingping Liu, Xiaoya Cui, Feiyu Kang, and Ching Ping Wong. 2014. “Towards Practical Application of Paper Based Printed Circuits: Capillarity Effectively Enhances Conductivity of the Thermoplastic Electrically Conductive Adhesives.” Scientific Reports 4 (September): 6275.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Naini, Farhad B. 2011. Facial Aesthetics. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Banerjee, Amal. 2014. SystemC and SystemC-AMS in Practice: SystemC 2.3, 2.2 and SystemC-AMS 1.0. Edited by Balmiki Sur. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Kloss, Guy K., and Andreas Schreiber. 2006. “Provenance Implementation in a Scientific Simulation Environment.” In Provenance and Annotation of Data: International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, IPAW 2006, Chicago, IL, USA, May 3-5, 2006, Revised Selected Papers, edited by Luc Moreau and Ian Foster, 37–45. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 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 Asian Anthropology.

Blog post
Fang, Janet. 2015. “Mudskipper Fish Eat on Land Using Their Tongue Made of Water.” 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. 2009. Excluded Parties List System: Suspended and Debarred Businesses and Individuals Improperly Receive Federal Funds. GAO-09-174. 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
Garishe, Sai Sanjay. 2017. “Protocol for File Sharing in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks.” Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Feeney, Kelly. 2006. “Warming Up to Sausage and Dogs.” New York Times, July 14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lloyd 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Lloyd 2003; Shannon and Rao 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Shannon and Rao 2002)
  • Three authors: (Koonin, Wolf, and Karev 2002)
  • 4 or more authors: (Wu et al. 2014)

About the journal

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

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