How to format your references using the Asian Philosophy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Asian Philosophy. 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
Sincell, M. (2000). NanoManipulator Lets Chemists Go Mano a Mano With Molecules. Science (New York, N.Y.), 290(5496), 1530.
A journal article with 2 authors
Houghton, M., & Abrignani, S. (2005). Prospects for a vaccine against the hepatitis C virus. Nature, 436(7053), 961–966.
A journal article with 3 authors
Djuranovic, S., Nahvi, A., & Green, R. (2011). A parsimonious model for gene regulation by miRNAs. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6017), 550–553.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ilayaraja, R., Rajkumar, R., Rajesh, D., Muralidharan, A. R., Padmanabhan, P., & Archunan, G. (2014). Evaluating the binding efficiency of pheromone binding protein with its natural ligand using molecular docking and fluorescence analysis. Scientific Reports, 4, 5201.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Thiessen, H. (1996). Measuring the Real World. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,.
An edited book
Krafft, M., & Mantrala, M. K. (Eds.). (2010). Retailing in the 21st Century: Current and Future Trends. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Do, J.-H., & Bien, Z. (2008). Robust Face Tracking with Suppressed False Positives in Smart Home Environment. In S. Helal, S. Mitra, J. Wong, C. K. Chang, & M. Mokhtari (Eds.), Smart Homes and Health Telematics: 6th International Conference, ICOST 2008 Ames, IA, USA, June 28-July 2, 2008 Proceedings (pp. 34–41). 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 Philosophy.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2016, August 10). Mother Dolphins Sing To Their Babies In The Womb. 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. (2011). DOD Education Benefits: Increased Oversight of Tuition Assistance Program Is Needed (GAO-11-300). 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
Lee, M. (2009). Utilizing the Index of Learning Styles (ILS) in a technology-based publishing program [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Whiteside, K. (2017, February 12). Foes Get Together, and No One’s Fighting Like …. New York Times, SP11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sincell, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Houghton & Abrignani, 2005; Sincell, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Houghton & Abrignani, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Djuranovic et al., 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ilayaraja et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleAsian Philosophy
ISSN (print)0955-2367
ISSN (online)1469-2961
Religious studies

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